The university libraries represent a substantial research resource in Northern Ireland
The research library at the Queen’s University, Belfast, holds the largest collection in Northern Ireland, with pamphlets, journals, journal articles and manuscripts in addition to an estimated 1m books. Its Special Collections department holds around 45,000 volumes, including the Percy Collection and the Edward Bunting manuscript collection.
University departmental libraries include the Agricultural and Food Science Library, the Veterinary Science Library, the Medical Library and the Science Library.
The holdings are shaped by the research and study requirements of Queen’s students and staff. Irish studies material is particularly strongly represented. Arrangements for consultation by visitors may be made with the librarian by telephone on +44 (0) 28 9033 5020.
Among the libraries of the four-campus University of Ulster, the collections at the Belfast campus support the study and research activities of the faculty of Art and Design, with some 40,000 volumes and upwards of 70,000 slides.
The Central Buildings library at the Coleraine campus holds a number of the university’s special collections, including the papers of Irish writers Francis Stuart, John Hewitt and George Shiels. On the Magee campus at Derry, the Irish collection includes valuable examples of Irish printed material, while the holdings on the Jordanstown campus, the largest of the four, number in the region of 250,000 volumes.