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Armagh Robinson Library: 250 Years

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Thursday 29 April, beginning at 7.30pm Armagh Robinson Library

This year marks the 250th anniversary of the foundation of Armagh Robinson Library, the oldest public library in Northern Ireland. On Thursday 29th April at 7.30pm the Library's Director, Dr Robert Whan, will give an online lecture on 'Armagh Robinson Library - 250 years'. This will provide an overview of the history of the Library and an insight into some of the treasures that it has. The free talk will be delivered by Zoom.


Armagh Robinson Library was founded in 1771 by Richard Robinson, the Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, at a cost of £3,000. Robinson had it incorporated in 1773 by having an Act passed by the Irish Parliament for ‘settling and preserving a Publick Library in the City of Armagh for ever’. The Library was built to the design of the English-born architect Thomas Cooley, whose original drawings are still held in the Library. Today the Library has some 45,000 printed volumes, the earliest dating from the 1480s. In addition, the Library has manuscripts, coins, medals, antiquities and fine art. The latter includes Archbishop Robinson’s collection of 4,500 prints and engravings, dating from the fifteenth to eighteenth centuries.

Places are limited in number and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. To reserve a place please email



Cost: Free

Contact: To reserve a place, email Dr Robert Whan at the email address below Telephone Number: N/a