McClelland Irish Library

Welcome to the McClelland Irish Library, located at 1106 North Central Avenue in downtown Phoenix, adjacent to the Irish Cultural Center, in the Margaret T. Hance Park. The three-story building houses 8,000 books from Irish authors, poets, and genealogical sources. The library houses a permanent exhibit on The Book of Kells, several reading rooms, and computer access to various disciplines of Irish and Celtic studies including genealogy. The library building resembles a traditional 12th century Norman castle from the Emerald Isle.

To visit our Irish Cultural Center website, please click the button below or go to


Opening Hours

  • Tuesday- Saturday from 10am- 3pm
  • Open late Wednesdays from 3pm-8pm for all Library Services including Genealogy
  • CLOSED November 26th – 28th
  • CLOSED December 22nd – 26th
  • CLOSED December 31st- January 2nd

Group tours and research visits other times by arrangement. Call 602-864-2351

Admission is free to the Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library

Fees for campus-wide guided tours and exhibits

  • Adults, General Public – $5-Tour, $10-Exhibit
  • Seniors & Students – $3-Tour, $8-Exhibit
  • Children 5-17 – $3-Tour, $5-Exhibit
  • Members – $3-Tour, $5-Exhibit


The McClelland Irish Library (MIL) is an affiliate of the Phoenix Public Library (PPL) and our holdings can be accessed through their Public Access Catalog.


Fill in the information about the book you want, then at the bottom of the screen, click “Location+” and then select “Irish Cultural Center” and Submit.

The MIL collection is a circulating and browsing research collection.  Our evolving holdings are updated constantly, so please check back often. To checkout materials you need to be a member of the Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Irish Library. All materials are available for use by the general public within the library building.


Frances McClelland Genealogy Research Centre

The library includes a genealogy research service on the second floor with how-to books, source books for Irish genealogical research, and Irish periodicals for researching your family. There are books on the various Irish counties and records of their citizens through time.

In addition, the library staff and volunteers can help in researching your Irish ancestors. Due to a high demand for research assistance service, the library highly recommends making an appointment prior to coming in.  Without an appointment there is no guarantee assistance will be available for genealogy research.

1916 Commemoration Series

Join us for a year of remembrance as we hit the Centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising.  With the support of the Ireland 2016 Global and Diaspora Programme of The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Culture Ireland through the Consulate General of Ireland, San Francisco the McClelland Library and Irish Cultural Center will be presenting a year to remember.  Click the picture below for more details.


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Remembering the Easter Rising


Our Exhibit on the Historical Context and Cultural Legacy of the 1916 Easter Rising is NOW OPEN.  Click on the photo above to learn more about our brand new exhibit.

Family Story Hour

Join us December 5th for our next Family Story Hour at 10:30 am.

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Genealogy Workshop December 12th

The workshop titled “19th Century Irish Genealogy Research: What’s Available and How to Use It,” will begin at 10:30am and conclude at 12:30pm on December 12th, 2015.  The workshop will be held in the McClelland Library’s Norton Room. For more information please visit our Genealogy Workshop page.

Book Discussion Group

Join us December 5th for our final Book Discussion Group of the semester.Questions will focus on point of view, on characters and conflicts, both private and public, and on the contested history of Ireland. All of the works contribute to an overarching discussion about how history inspires creative response and how the creative work offers insight into history.  Learn more by CLICKING HERE.

A Tribute to Seamus Heaney

To view a video of the event, please click here.

Paving Stone Program


For a limited time only, you can purchase a personally engraved paving stone that will become part of the main library entrance!