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 three-story 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 www.azirish.org

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Opening Hours

Summer Library Hours start June 1st

  • 10AM- 8PM Wednesdays (All Library Services including Genealogy)
  • 10AM- 3PM Thursdays (All Library Services including Genealogy)
  • CLOSED Friday- Tuesday
  • CLOSED Last Two Weeks in August (August 14th-31st)

We will Reopen for Normal Fall Hours as of Tuesday, September 1st.

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
  • Seniors & Students – $3 tour
  • Children 6-17 – $3 tour
  • Members – $3 tour

Collections

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.

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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.

 

Find out more about the McClelland Library and Irish Cultural Center

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Anam Cara Gala

Our 8th Annual Anam Cara Gala will be held on October 10th, 2015.  Click the photo below to learn more about the event and reserve your seats today.

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9th Annual Bloomin’ Beerfest

Join us on Saturday, June 13th at the Irish Cultural Center for an evening filled with music, food, beer, and celebration of James Joyces’s great novel Ulysses! Gates open at 6:30pm.  We’ll see you there!

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A Tribute to Seamus Heaney

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

Paving Stone Program

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