Why is the library called the McClay Library?

Answered By: Borrower Services McClay Library
Last Updated: Aug 07, 2023     Views: 483

The McClay Library is named in honour of Sir Allen McClay (1932-2010), a Tyrone born entrepreneur and philanthropist who founded the pharmaceutical companies Galen and Almac.

Sir Allen McClay was the founding Chair of the Queen’s University of Belfast Foundation and one of the largest benefactors to Queen’s in the University’s history. The  McClay Research Centre for Pharmaceutical Sciences in the School of Pharmacy, which bears his name, was funded by The McClay Trust, a charitable body which he established.

He also made substantial donations to support research and education in Chemistry and Pharmacy at Queen’s, and to a range of other projects, including The Library at Queen’s and the restoration of the University’s Great Hall.

A portrait of Sir Allen by Ian Cumberland hangs on the ground floor of the McClay Library.

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