The Eoin McKiernan Library’s founding donation was a miscellaneous “Irish-Studies” book collection, partially assembled by Eoin McKiernan personally and partially consisting of books sent to him as “review” copies in his role as director of the Irish-American Cultural Institute and other organizations. McKiernan’s particular interests were Irish history, politics, and religion (emphasizing topics related to Irish political unity), the Irish language, Irish folklore, and the arts in Ireland.
Our current book collection includes the McKiernan donation as well as additional donations from community members and organizations. We are working to grow our collection of books on the Irish Arts (especially music and dance) in hopes to better serve the Celtic Junction Arts Center community and the broader Irish Arts community of Minnesota.
Most books are available for in-library use only. We also have a 500-book lending library available for checkout.
In 2017, the McKiernan Library accepted the first part of an anonymous donation of Irish traditional music CDs. Primarily consisting of recent imports from Ireland-based labels and self-produced releases, this collection of 500+ CDs is a rare resource for Irish traditional musicians and fans! Though not yet incorporated into our library catalog for searching, the CDs are open to browse in the library and for in-library listening. (Headphones and CD players available).