Libraries NI is the public library service for Northern Ireland and came into being on 1 April 2009. Its services are regionally planned and locally delivered.
Its service priorities are reading and reader development, information and learning, heritage, culture and creative development and children’s and young people’s services.
Libraries NI has a network of over 90 branch and mobile libraries located across all of Northern Ireland.
The main Heritage Collections are in Ballymena Central Library, Belfast Central Library, Derry Central Library, Downpatrick Library, Enniskillen Library, Irish and Local Studies Library Armagh, Newry City Library, Omagh Library and the Mellon Centre for Migration Studies, Omagh.
These collections house an extensive range of resources including archives, newspapers, photographs, pamphlets, journals, maps, fine and antiquarian books and government publications.
Online resources available include Ancestry Library edition which supports genealogical research, DIPPAM (Documenting Ireland: Parliament, People and Migration), a resource relating to Ireland’s global diaspora, and JSTOR which is a fully searchable electronic collection of Irish journals.
For more information please visit the website at: www.librariesni.org.uk