Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure

Museums, Libraries and Archives


DCAL’s vision for the public library service is: ‘A flexible and responsive library service which provides a dynamic focal point in the community and assists people to fulfil their potential’.

The functions of the NI Library Authority (known as Libraries NI) are set out in the Libraries Act (NI) 2008.

Library services provided by Libraries NI include:

  • Free membership and lending service including dvds, e-books and audio books;
  • Free internet access and familiarisation training;
  • Special events for groups from pre-schoolers to the over sixties; and,
  • Access to information about government services and activities in the community

These services, and others, are accessible at libraries located across the North and through Libraries NI's mobile service.  More information is available on Libraries NI web-site:


The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) is the official archive for Northern Ireland. It aims to identify and preserve records of historical, social and cultural importance and make them available for the information, education and enjoyment of the public.

PRONI is the official place of deposit for public records in Northern Ireland. In addition, it collects a wide range of archives from private sources. PRONI also advises on and promotes best practice in archive and records management to ensure that today’s records will be available for future generations.

Further information can be found at

Related Links


Click here for the Northern Ireland Digital Register

Click here for Museums Policy for Northern Ireland - summary of consultation responses

Click here for Museums Policy document