The McClelland Library

The McClelland Library was designed by the architect, Paul Ahern, after a 12th century Norman Castle. The three-story building houses 8,000 books from Irish authors, poets, and genealogical sources. The library houses a permanent exhibit on The Book of Kells, several reading rooms, and computer access to various disciplines of Irish and Celtic studies including genealogy. The library is the largest library of its kind in the Western United States.


The McClelland Library is home to rare books, research materials, a Genealogy Centre, maps, children’s collection, literature, poetry, and popular fiction. The library even boasts a circulating and browsing research collection for members of the Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library.

Our evolving holdings are updated constantly, so please check back often. To checkout materials you need to be a member of the Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library. All materials are available for use by the general public within the library building.


To Search Our Collection

The McClelland Library is an affiliate of the Phoenix Public Library and our holdings can be accessed through their Public Access Catalog.


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If you have any questions please call 602.258.0109 or email