The library, situated in the main building of the 25 acre campus at Coláiste na Rinne contains a collection of books and manuscripts which were bequeathed to the College by one of its esteemed founders Dr. Richard Henebry (1863 – 1916).
Rev. Dr. Risteard de Hindeberg (Richard Henebry) was an Irish priest, educator, Irish language activist, musician, collector, and author. He was born in 1863 in Portlaw, to an Irish-speaking family and was educated in St. John’s College, Waterford and in St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth and was ordained at All Hallows College in 1892.
Dr. Hindeberg contributed significantly to the establishment of Coláiste na Rinne in 1909 and entrusted his precious books and manuscripts to the Coláiste when he died in 1916. He is buried at Carrickbeg, County Waterford. Among the most valuable treasures in this bequest are Irish manuscripts dating from the 19th century which Dr Henebry had acquired at various periods during his life and which he had bound some years prior to his death. Amongst its jewels are reproductions that were published in the last century of Leabhar na hUidhre (1870), An Leabhar Breac (1872-6), Leabhar Laighean (1880), and Leabhar Bhaile an Mhóta (1887).