As Northern Ireland has no National Library, no local institution is legally responsible for collecting all material published in Northern Ireland.
With funding from the British Library, the Library and Information Services Council for Northern Ireland set out to redress the situation and officially launched the Northern Ireland Publications Resource (NIPR) in October 2000. NIPR is very grateful to Belfast Central Library, now part of Libraries NI, and the Linen Hall Library, Belfast who have been very helpful supporters of NIPR since its inception. The N.I. Department of Culture Arts and Leisure provided funding for the administration of the scheme until 2016 when the new N.I. Department for Communities took over this role. NIPR is very grateful to both departments for their generosity and support.
Following a review in 2013 the name of the project was changed to NIPR, The National Collection of Northern Ireland Publications, to define more clearly the role and purpose of NIPR.
In 2015 NIPR was granted charitable status by the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland. Registration Number NIC102555.
What Is The NIPR?
All books, journals, pamphlets and reports published in Northern Ireland since 2000 are now systematically collected, catalogued and preserved in NIPR, The National Collection of Northern Ireland Publications. Bibliographic information about the collection is available in the online catalogue. The Linen Hall Library, Belfast is our lead partner, providing assistance with collecting and preserving the collection, and a dedicated repository has been set up within the Linen Hall Library to house the collection.
Accessing The Collection
Access to the NIPR Collection is initially through our web-based catalogue, which can be browsed over the Internet. You may consult material in the NIPR collection personally by asking at the counter in the Linen Hall Library. As we aim to preserve the collection in good condition for the use fo future generation we ask that you read our preservation policy and adhere to our handling guidelines.
Because NIPR does not have legal deposit status we rely heavily on the generosity of the local publishing community. We have contacted over 600 authors and publishers asking them to donate material and most are delighted to oblige by donating one copy of each publication.
In return for donating their material, NIPR helps publishers market their work by advertising the publications internationally through our online catalogue and through a quarterly list of acquisitions, which in addition to being published online, is sent to libraries and universities throughout the world.
NIPR is grateful to receive any material published in Northern Ireland since January 2000. Donations of publications should be clearly marked “FAO NIPR” and addressed to NIPR, c/o The Linen Hall Library, 17 Donegall Square North, Belfast BT1 5GB. Please contact us if you require any further information.
NIPR on local TV!
NvTv Focal Point broadcast (2nd November 2015) as NIPR celebrates 15th Anniversary and announces new Charitable Status, featuring NIPR Ambassador, Glenn Patterson.
NvTv Focal Point Broadcast (8th March 2016) featuring NIPR at the World Book Day 2016 Publishing Resources Fair at The Linen Hall Library.