Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure


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’.

What we do

DCAL funds the public library service, which, from 1 April 2009, is administered by the Northern Ireland Library Authority, known as Libraries NI.

In recent years libraries have introduced new services such as free internet access in all libraries across Northern Ireland. There has also been significant investment in new library buildings to improve and modernise the public library service.

DCAL also supports the Linen Hall Library Opens new windowand the Library and Information Services Council (NI).Opens new window

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Digital Resources NI is a database of projects that have been undertaken by libraries, museums and archives in Northern Ireland to digitise their collections. The Library and Information Services Council, Northern Ireland (LISC), with the co-operation of all the partner institutions, has developed this database and will continue to add to the records as more digital collections become available.  Please Click HereOpens new window

This database records the maps listed in A Union List of Belfast Maps to 1900 published by the LISC Local History Panel in 1998. The initial intention of the database is to give researchers easy access to information about the original maps including their locations. Please Click HereOpens new window

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