The McKiernan Library is open by appointment only.

Contact Us to inquire about accessing materials safely.

In accordance with the Minnesota Department of Health’s COVID-19 recommendations, the library has temporarily closed.
Please check out our Online Archives, Digital Exhibitions, YouTube Channel and Online Classes with the Irish College of MN.

Be sure to follow the McKiernan Library Facebook page where we share archival photos and videos, post new performances of Irish music and and share other news about our growing collection!

Online Archives and Exhibitions

Explore the history of Irish Arts in Minnesota through oral histories, music, photos, posters and more!

Water From the Well

Irish tunes from our collections.

Online Story Hour

Irish stories for young and old!

Fifty-two archival tracks of traditional music recorded in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1958! St. Paul musician Marge Sontag (née Doherty) and other members of the Doherty Family made these recordings at the home of Tony and Margaret Doherty on Selby Avenue. They feature the family patriarch Tony Doherty (1896–1972) on fiddle, daughter Marge on piano and accordion, daughter Mary on piano and daughter Joan on piano. A fascinating blend of Irish-American and Scandinavian tunes that the Dohertys brought to St. Paul from Cedar Lake Township south of the Twin Cities.

Explore our digital version of Conradh na Gaeilge's beautiful bilingual travelling exhibition celebrating 125 years of Irish language revival.

Library Collection

Main Library Collection:

Over 4000 books and 1000 commercial audio recordings available for use within the Library Reading Room 

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Online Irish Music Book Sale

Irish music books for sale! All proceeds benefit the McKiernan Library.

Classes in the EML

w/ the Irish College Minnesota