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


Opening Hours

Spring Library Hours through May

  • 10AM – 3PM Tuesday – Saturday
  • 3PM – 8PM  Weds. Evenings (Library Only)

Summer Library Hours start June 1st

  • 10AM- 8PM Wednesdays (Library Only from 3pm-8pm)
  • 10AM- 3PM Thursdays
  • 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, $10 exhibit, $13 combined
  • Seniors & Students – $3 tour, $8 exhibit, $10 combined
  • Children 6-17 – $3 tour, $5 exhibit, $7 combined
  • Members – $3 tour, $5 exhibit, $8 combined


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. The staff will offer help in researching your Irish ancestors.



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Sandra Day O’Connor Exhibit Closes May 23rd


Discover Sandra Day O’Connor, the first female Supreme Court Justice, and learn about her career and history as she grew up in Arizona in an Irish-American family. The exhibit is designed with an emphasis on education.

If you’d like to help with sponsorship of the exhibition, we are asking for these donations by August 1st. The exhibition runs September 2014 – May 2015. Please see the links below.

For more information, go to our exhibition page here or open our brochure here.

To help sponsor the exhibit, click 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!