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About The McClay Library

The McClay Library is situated in College Park, at the top of Botanic Avenue, flanked by the trees of Botanic Park.

The ground floor brings together a range of facilities to support teaching and research. Here you will find:

  • The Language Centre with two language labs
  • The IT Service Desk
  • Specialists in media production
  • Extended Hours Study Room, designed to provide computing access when the main floors with their workstations have closed
  • Short Loan Collection for essential texts

An auditorium and training rooms on the ground floor support organised sessions on library and computing resources.

The upper floors contain the Library's main collections in the arts, humanities, the sciences, social sciences and law. Special Collections & Archives is located on Floor 1. 

Designed by Boston-based architects Sheply, Bulfinch, Richardson & Abbott, working in association with Belfast architects, Robinson Patterson Partnership, the library opened in July 2009. The building has been named in honour of Sir Allen McClay, a major benefactor of Queen's University and of the Library. Sustainability was a critical factor in the design and construction of the library, in keeping with the University's environmental policy. The building meets the highest environmental standards.


The McClay Borrower Services Desk can be contacted on:

Tel: 028 9097 6135


Jacqueline McCurry   Library Manager  Tel: 028 9097 6144
Robert Whan  Customer Experience Manager  Tel: 028 9097 6145

The Subject Support Team, McClay Library can be contacted by referring to LibGuides and following the links to the relevant subject.