An archive offer you can’t resist

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Image: Joan Crooks, manager of NIPR at Linen Hall Library in Belfast

By Una Murphy

Ever fancied seeing your publication in a prestigious collection preserved in a valuable archive for future generations to look at?

If so, the NIPR National Collection of Northern Ireland Publications based at The Linen Hall Library – Belfast’s oldest library and only remaining subscription library on the island of Ireland wants to hear from you.

“People who have been though difficult situations such as homelessness often find that creative activities like writing help them. We would like to speak to groups and advise them on how to get their publications printed and saved in our archive, Joan Crooks, manager of NIPR said.

“A lot of organisations including Voypic, Simon, and the Equality and Human Rights Commission have already contributed their publications to the archive but we would like to hear from more community and voluntary sector groups, she added.

“We want to ensure that the collection is as comprehensive as possible and we don’t want any part of the community left out. We want to preserve for the future this social history and heritage. We also catalogue publications and the collection is accessible for consultation in the library, which is important for research purposes as these publications may not be preserved anywhere else”, Ms Crooks said.

The National Collection of Northern Ireland Publications is not on public display but is stored in acid free archive boxes behind closed doors in the library. The archive can be accessed through an online catalogue via the NIPR website www.nibooks.org and requested in the Irish and Local Studies Department on the fourth floor of the library.

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