The O'Donovan Library is a unique collection of over 7,000 titles, offering a very special Irish cultural experience to lovers of literature.

You can search the library catalogue online here:

This fantastic new community resource offers something for everyone. Whether it's history, politics, fiction or the Irish language, you'll find something of interest.

London Irish Library

Opening Times

This London Irish Library is open to the public at the following times:

-Monday 1-4pm
-Wednesday 11-4pm
-Friday 11-4pm

You can also request a visit outside these times or arrange book donations by emailing [email protected].

The London Irish Library is managed by John Dunne (Librarian) and London Irish Centre volunteers.

Link to a guest blog from one of our great Library volunteers.

Our Library is wheelchair accessible 

Opening of the O'Donovan Library

In April 2015, we were delighted to open the doors of the London Irish Library to the public.

Timeline of the O'Donovan Library 

2019 -Earlier this year in July, the London Irish Library was renamed the O'Donovan Library after a pledge of £10,000 by O'Donovan Waste Disposal was made in honour of Denis Joesph O'Donovan.

We are very grateful for the continued support from the O'Donovan family and are delighted that they chose our Library to pledge in Mr O'Donovan's honour. 

2018 - The O'Donovan Library reaches its current level of 7,200 books. 

2015 - Opening of the library following a donation of books from the Foley Family. This donation, plus a couple of later, smaller ones, attracted the interest of visiting government ministers from Ireland, who worked with the charity in putting a call out for further donations and support to publishers, libraries and politicians in Ireland.

London Irish Library Opening

2014 - A book drive initiated in Ireland resulted in over 7,000 books being delivered pro-bono by An Post (Ireland’s postal service) to Camden Square. Fitting in with our redevelopment of the historic Kennedy Hall part of the Centre, the Library found a dedicated home here at the LIC, a lick of paint and a bit of love turned it into a fantastic new space. A team of volunteers worked closely with our team on sorting, cataloguing and shelving the books in time for the official launch.