Other Collections

NIPR’s collection of Northern Ireland publications is complemented by information in other formats held in other organisations such as The British Library, Libraries NI, Queen’s University Belfast. These organisations cover many different aspects of the record of life in Northern Ireland.

British Library

The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and the largest library in the world by number of items catalogued. It is estimated to contain 170–200 million-plus items from many countries. As a legal deposit library, the British Library receives copies of all books produced in the United Kingdom and Ireland, including a significant proportion of overseas titles distributed in the UK. Search their catalogue here.

Libraries NI

Libraries NI is the public service library for Northern Ireland. Their online catalogue lists thousands of books as well as ebooks and magazines that can be borrowed free of charge. Search the online catalogue here.

National Library of Ireland

The National Library of Ireland is the Republic of Ireland’s national library located in Dublin. Its mission is ‘To collect, preserve, promote and make accessible the documentary and intellectual record of the life of Ireland and to contribute to the provision of access to the larger universe of recorded knowledge’. Search the online catalogue here.

Conflict Archive on the Internet 

CAIN – a troubles archive. The CAIN (Conflict Archive on the INternet) Web site contains information and source material on ‘the Troubles’ and politics in Northern Ireland from 1968 to the present. Search the online archive here.

Ask About Ireland

Ask About Ireland – AskAboutIreland.ie and the Cultural Heritage Project is an initiative of public libraries together with local museums and archives in the digitisation and online publication of the original, the unusual and the unique material from their local studies’ collections to create a national Internet resource for culture. Search the Griffiths Valuation of Ireland archives here.

Dictionary of Ulster Biography

Dictionary of Ulster Biography – The Dictionary is about people associated with the historic nine counties of Ulster and includes those who were born here, or lived or worked here and who have distinguished themselves in some way. The aim where possible is to describe their lives and achievements from a local perspective. Search the Dictionary here.

Public Records Office (NI)

The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) is the official archive for Northern Ireland. The collections contain privately deposited archives as well as public records from government departments and non-departmental organisations. To search its databases click here.


RASCAL is an electronic gateway to research resources relating to Ireland. The site can be used to search or browse information about a wide range of research and special collections held in libraries, museums and archives in Ireland and abroad. To search their electronic collections click here.

Trinity College Dublin

Trinity College online collections contain papers from notable Irish citizens such as Michael Davitt, Oscar Wilde and John Millington Synge. Access its online digital collections here.

QUB Government Publications

The NIPR Collection contains thousands of printed government publications up to 2015. Most government publications are now issued electronically and to access electronic formats of more recent government publications visit the QUB database here.