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Beat the Lockdown Blues


Life as we know it has temporarily changed due to COVID-19. This is an anxious time for our members and one of the strengths of CILIP Ireland is our strong sense of community.

Although COVID-19 has impacted on library services across all sectors, local libraries are leading the way with creative, new and practical solutions. Local library buildings might be temporarily closed but below we have outlined some of their fantastic online resources you might find useful to keep you occupied while you are spending most of your time at home.

Libraries NI - Access to free eBooks and eMagazines

Libraries offer free access to thousands of eBooks and audiobooks all available to download to your device in minutes. Or you can choose from over 200 eMagazines to keep up to date with the latest celebrity gossip, lifestyle and hobbies.

Anyone who works, lives or studies in Northern Ireland can borrow eBooks, audiobooks and download eMagazines FREE from Libraries NI.

Existing members who know their membership number can follow these step by step instructions

Existing members who don’t know their membership number can contact the LNI enquiries line on telephone 0345 4504 580 or email

Don’t worry if you aren’t yet a member, join online and get a membership number almost instantly -

The Linen Hall Library – Access to online archives

The full list of online archives including links to each archives can be accessed here.

Divided Society
The Divided Society project digitised a significant section of the Linen Hall’s Northern Ireland Political Collection, concentrating on periodicals and posters from the 1990s. The full text of hundreds of journals published by government, political parties, community groups, pressure groups, charities, and paramilitary organisations, comprising thousands of individual issues are digitised and searchable, along with posters illustrating the key themes of the period. Freely available in the UK and Ireland (and by subscription to the rest of the world), the resource includes audio and video galleries, essays by leading academics, and educational toolkits.

QUB Special Collections – Online Resources
Further information can be found on the Special Collections Blog which can be accessed 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.
The Directory consists of summary descriptions of collections available to researchers in the Humanities and Social Sciences recording details of content, location, format, and access. Links to institutional catalogues and other digital resources are provided where available. For more information please contact:

Digital Special Collection and Archives
Digital Special Collections & Archives provides access to selected series from various manuscript and discrete book collections in Special Collections & Archives at Queen's University Belfast.

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