Since the 1950's Sligo Library has had a collection dedicated to W.B. Yeats and his works. From an assembly of the poetry, plays and prose of Yeats, this grew, over the years to a much larger gathering together of letters, biography, critical appraisal and translation of Yeats' works, often donated by scholars and authors at the Yeats Summer School. Nora Niland, former County Librarian was partly responsible for the inauguration of both.
More recently, the collection has expanded to include the literary works of, and books about, Jack B. Yeats and books about the Yeats family members and their coterie.
As interest in this fascinating family grows, so does the written output. The Yeats Collection, currently containing nearly 1800 volumes, will continue to expand.