Waterside Branch Library
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Waterside Library is built on the site of the original Derry Workhouse.
Waterside Library is built on the site of the original Derry Workhouse. Opened in 1840, the Workhouse closed in 1948 but was used as a hospital until 1991. Local historians managed to save some of the original Workhouse building from demolition where the Waterside Library is now housed. The building is of great historical interest and boasts a number of ghostly residents.
Waterside Library is part of Libraries NI's network of public branch and mobile libraries across Northern Ireland. The benefits of the library network are many with essential services and support provided in many rural and urban centres across Northern Ireland. From books to local history resources, Libraries NI has a host of fabulous services and exciting events that will lead you on a journey of discovery. You can join the library at any age and membership is free. You can use your library card at any public library in Northern Ireland. This means you can borrow items from one library and return them to another.
Libraries also provide free access to computers and Wi-Fi for members or visitor/tourist access for a small charge. The computers are supported by professional staff with print and copying facilities available as well.