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

Summer 2016 May 30th- July 31st

  • Wednesday 10am-8pm for all Library Services including Genealogy
  • Thursday 10am- 3pm for all Library Services including Genealogy
  • We will be closed for the entire month of August

The Library will reopen for normal hours Tuesday September 6th, 2016.

Fall Hours start September 6th, 2016

  • Tuesday- Saturday from 10am- 3pm
  • Open late Wednesdays from 3pm-8pm for all Library Services including Genealogy

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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Parking at the Library


Due to nearby construction and a high demand for our services at the Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library, our parking lot may occasionally be full when you come to visit.  Luckily, there is ample additional parking near our facilities.  Above is a map to help you in the event you need to find additional parking when visiting us.


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.


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!