What’s in the Catalogue

Some of the areas covered in the NIPR collection are described below.

World War One

Among NIPR's collection are many books on the period from 1914 to 1918, not just about World War 1, but also about society and notable individuals during this time.

The sacrifices of those on the Home Front are recalled, and material exists covering every county in Ulster. Books such as ‘The 6th Connaught Rangers: Belfast Nationalists in the Great War’ tell often overlooked narratives of how nationalists and unionists fought and died alongside each other.

Fascinating insights into daily life can be gleaned from pictorial histories such as the story of Lance Corporal George Hackney who ignored protocol at the time by taking his camera to the frontline and captured the daily lives of ordinary ‘Tommies’ in the trenches. Other titles tell the stories of Nurses who served at field hospitals in France, or contain personal letters home from soldiers serving on the front.

To look more deeply at examples of the material NIPR has on this topic please – click here 

Did you or your history group publish a book relating to this period in history? Maybe you were the author, or a family member or friend wrote a book? Perhaps the publication is about a less well-known aspect of the Great War or gives an account of individual soldiers from Northern Ireland who took part? If you can help contribute please click here

Women's History

The NIPR collection reflects the important role women have played in the creative and cultural history of the country.  Our collection contains material detailing the lives and careers of prominent local female politicians, artists, pioneer aviators, community leaders, activists and sporting legends. The collection also highlights the role ordinary women have played changing the course of history and society in Northern Ireland from the last century, through the 'Troubles' period right up to the present day.

To look more deeply at examples of the material NIPR has on this topic please click here 

If you can help contribute please click here

Sports

For a relatively small country Northern Ireland has a fine sporting tradition and history. The NIPR Collection contains publications on a wide variety of local sports including Athletics, Boxing, Dog Racing, Football, Gaelic Games, Golf, Horse Racing, Motorcycle Racing, Rugby, and Snooker.

Amateur sports are well represented in the collection, such as cycling and cricket.  To look more deeply at examples of the material NIPR has on this topic please –  click here.

If you can help contribute please click here.

Irish Language Publications

The NIPR Collection contains an extensive range of Irish Language publications, including books, periodicals, pamphlets and reports.  The collection includes children’s books in Irish suitable for young readers and language learners in addition to GCSE and A level textbooks, adult literature in Irish and works about the Irish language.

Our collection of items in Irish or about the Irish Language includes publications from:

  • An tSráthaid Mhór
  • An tAisaonad, Colaiste Ollscoile Naomh Mhuire
  • An tAisaonad Lan-Ghaeilge
  • Blackstaff Press
  • Clar Speisialta Tacaiochta an Aontais Eorpaigh um
    Shiochain agus Athmhuintearas
  • Cló Ollscoil na Banríona
  • Clo na Seaneaglaise
  • Colourpoint Books
  • Comhairle na Ghaelscolaíochta
  • Department of Culture Arts and Leisure
  • Foras na Gaeilge
  • Institute of Irish Studies, Queen's University of
    Belfast
  • Marcas MacRuairí,
  • Pobal
  • St Mary’s University College
  • Stair Uladh
  • Ulster Historical Foundation
  • Ultach Trust

To look more deeply at examples of the material NIPR has on this topic please – click here

If you can help contribute please click here.

Ulster-Scots and Scots-Irish Language and Culture

The industry, language, music, sport, religion and a myriad of traditions brought to Ulster by the Lowland Scots have been recorded in a wealth of local publications and these have been extensively gathered into the NIPR Collection.

The collection includes children’s books in Ulster-Scots, adult literature, including poetry and prose, and works about the Ulster-Scots language and history.

The collection includes publications from the following publishers.

  • Adare Press
  • Ambassador Publications
  • Books Ulster
  • Causeway Press
  • Clenagh House, Ballymoney
  • Colourpoint Books
  • Institute of Ulster Scots Studies, Queens University, Belfast
  • Mid-Antrim Ulster Scots Society
  • Queen's University, Belfast
  • Ullans Press
  • Ullans Speakers Association
  • Ulster Historical Foundation
  • Ulster-Scots Agency
  • Ulster-Scots Community Network
  • Ulster University

To look more deeply at examples of the material NIPR has on this topic please – click here

If you can help contribute please click here.

Government Publications

NIPR strives to collect and preserve these publications produced by Local Government agencies. From residential information brochures to strategic planning documents and reports; local government bodies produce a wealth of information every year. Click below to access:

NIPR strives to collect and preserve these publications produced by Local Government agencies. From residential information brochures to strategic planning documents and reports; local government bodies produce a wealth of information every year. Click below to access:

Northern Ireland Universities

NIPR collects publications from NI’s leading academic institutions and has a long-standing relationship with these institutions.

Other Printed Materials

NIPR aims to collect every publication produced in Northern Ireland. Publications come in all shapes and sizes, and you don't need to be a published author to help us gather this material. Health information leaflets, community flyers, newsletters, programmes for cultural events, hospitality magazines, local tourist information and fanzines are just some of the examples of other printed materials that can be found in the NIPR collection.

NIPR relies on members of the public to help gather this type of material as often, these items have short print runs and are usually only available for a short period of time. If you come across material of this type and would like to ensure it is kept for future reference please get in touch here.

Digital Material

Not only does NIPR strive to collect all publications produced locally, it is also responsible for collecting electronic publications too. Many different types of local organisations such as church groups, family history societies and sporting groups produce newsletters, pamphlets or flyers in electronic format. These also form part of the extensive NIPR collection. 

 It is now far more common for authors to also produce digital copies, or e-book versions of their work and NIPR actively encourages donations of this type of material.

 If you belong to an organisation that produces an electronic or digital publication, or have published a book in digital format please get in touch here so we can arrange to add it into the collection.

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