Armagh Robinson Library

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On the ancient Hill of Armagh, within yards of where St Patrick built his first church, stands Armagh Robinson Library.  Founded by Archbishop Richard Robinson in 1771, it still holds the collections for which it was built – 42,000 printed works, manuscripts, coins, medals and sulphur gems.  The Library is a treasure house of the Enlightenment, that movement of scientific and intellectual curiosity whose consequences for society in America, Europe and the wider world endure to this day.  Not only are there items in the collections of direct relevance to American Independence; the Library is also developing a program of events to mark and celebrate the connections between the Old World and the New.

One of the great heritage libraries of Ireland and the oldest of its kind in Northern Ireland, Armagh Robinson Library is open daily to all. As well as the scholars who use its collections, it welcomes visitors and tour groups from across the world. With the Cathedral next door, it has a special program for schools from across the Armagh community, ‘A Morning on the Hill’, and a welcome for historical societies and community groups of all kinds. As a ‘playful museum’, it welcomes very young children. It is also working to become a ‘Dementia-friendly’ museum.

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Armagh Robinson Library is a non-profit organization, and a registered charity.  It needs to build up its resources to continue to be able to serve its visitors and users.  Your support for our 250th Anniversary Endowment Appeal will be matched, dollar for dollar, by a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund up to a total of US$ 1.3 million (£1 million). Your gift will be invested to provide an enduring income for the Library – ‘A Gift that will go on Giving’.

To make a tax-deductible donation to Armagh Robinson Library, please use the form below or mail a check to The Irish American Partnership at 15 Broad Street, Suite 210, Boston MA 02109 and note "Armagh Robinson Library or ARL" in the memo.