Dublin City Public Libraries in support of learning throughout life
Dublin City Public Libraries support learning for everyone, throughout life. Library collections include books, prints, photographs, CD ROMS, tapes, videos, DVDs, maps, information leaflets and brochures. With the support of library staff these collections assist the process of learning for people of all ages at every stage of life.
So also do many of the services provided through the Dublin City Public Library System. We believe that many learners and potential learners will be interested in the Adult Education collections which include literacy and numeracy materials and are available in most branches. The Business Information Service at the Central Library is where "learner entrepreneurs" will find information on Irish companies and also on market opportunities in foreign countries.
Language learning is also facilitated in the Dublin City Library System through a group dynamic process centred around conversation exchange in foreign languages. Those interested are recommended to drop in to one of the sessions, which are self-regulated.
Language learning facilities are available in several branches and potential learners may be interested in working towards the library-based Certificate of Course Completion. The certificate is signed by the City Librarian and by the local Librarian and is available to those who are recognised to have completed a minimum of 50 hours learning related to a specific programme course of study.
Tell Me More Online Language Learning
Tell Me More is an online language learning program provided by Dublin City Public Libraries and administered by the Open Learning Centre (OLC) in the Central Library, Ilac Centre.
The languages you can learn are: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Dutch available as everyday situations or professional situations.
You can learn these through the medium of 20 interface languages. These are: Arabic English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Hungarian, Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, Slovak, Turkish, Russian, Thai, Korean, Japanese, Mandarin and Cantonese.
For further information please Tel. 01 8734333 (ext. 4)
Transparent Languages Online
Learn to listen, speak and write a new language in your library or at home with Transparent Language Online. This free online learning system includes over 80 foreign languages for English speakers and 24 English for speakers of other languages. Also features language learning on the go with Byki Mobile.
Use your library borrower number to register and create a username and password.
Computer Skills Enhancement
In the Central Library and in the local branch network, learners are offered access to computers and the Internet for skills enhancement and research enabling everyone to keep in touch with the world of information.
Websmart, a four-part course introducing you to basic computer skills, the Internet and e-mail, or 1-2-1, an individual session to suit your needs. Ask for more information at your local library.
The Learning Bus
The Learning Bus takes computer learning on the road and into your community. This mobile learning unit is fully equipped with Internet ready PCs and free computer and Internet tuition is available.
Support for Adult Literacy Tutors
Going back to education as an adult isn’t easy and for those with reading and writing difficulties the stigma can be daunting and discouraging. Trained literacy tutors play a key role in helping adults with reading and writing difficulties, and in recognition of this Dublin City Central Library has compiled a resource bank of publications to support their professional development. More about the support provided for adult literacy tutors.
Other Learning Opportunities
Learning opportunities may also be found through the range of events including lectures, seminars, exhibitions and recitals that take place on a regular basis throughout the library network. The list of events is updated on a regular basis.
The key role public libraries in Dublin play in supporting learning throughout life comes from all of these services and from every aspect of information as it is represented in the general lending and reference collections.