Family History and Genealogy Advice Service

Family treeMonthly in Donaghmede and Raheny Libraries.
Find out how to go about tracing your family tree, with an advice session presented by Margaret Bonar and Betty Craven.

Donaghmede Library host the advice session on the 3rd Monday of every month in the afternoons.

Raheny Library's Family History and Genealogy advice service. Meets the third Monday of the month (10.15am - 12 noon.)
To book, ring 087 6491605, email impossibleancestors@gmail.com

All are welcome and admission is free.  Booking is essential with Margaret Bonar at T. 087 6491605.

Book Clubs for Children

The New PolicemanThere are children's book clubs in branch libraries across the city, namely Ballymun, Ballyfermot, Cabra, Coolock, Donaghmede, Finglas, Pembroke (Ballsbridge), Raheny, Rathmines and Walkinstown libraries. Dates and times listed below may vary so it is advisable to check with the library in advance if wanting to participate in a Book Club.

The members of most clubs choose a book to read and get together every 3-4 weeks to discuss it. The library provides the books of course. Library staff often research the authors and books as a background to the discussion. Some clubs offer members the chance to come along and talk about the book they are reading currently - these clubs can take place more often as there is no set book to read.

Looking for reading inspiration? Check out Who Next...? A guide to children's books and recommended children's books on our library blog.

National Library Open Day at Rathmines Library

National Library Open DayRathmines Library, Saturday 29 February

There's something for everyone this National Library Open Day!

National Library Open Day at Charleville Mall Library

National Library Open DayCharleville Mall Library, Saturday 29 February

Storytime, Interactive Nursery Table and Meet our Library Robot!

Do drop in – We are open 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm.

Launch of Coolock Library Maker Space Programme

National Library Open DayCoolock Library, Saturday 29 February, 11am - 4pm

Launch of Coolock Library's Maker Space programme.

Find out from 'makers' about the options of using laser cutting machines, 3D scanners and printers, Raspberry Pi and Arduino kits.

National Library Open Day at the Central Library, Ilac Centre

National Library Open Day

Central Library, Ilac Centre Saturday 29 February

Tours at 10am and 2.30pm giving an overview of the services available at the Central Library.

National Library Open Day at Pearse Street Library

National Library Open DayPearse Street Library, Saturday 29 February, 11.30am - 12.30pm

Find out about online resources in the library. Demonstration and help with setting up.

2.30pm - 3.30pm

Girls Rock Dublin & Pearse Street Library staff will answer queries about how to avail of the rock music instruments available for loan for teens from Pearse Street Library.

National Library Open Day at Ballyfermot Library

National Library Open DayBallyfermot Library, Saturday 29 February

  • 10 am - 11am Tour of the Creative Studio - Sound and Video Recording studios 
  • 11am - 12pm Teddy Bear Storytelling Picnic for the under 7s and a parent/carer
  • 11am - 1pm Trad Hub
  • 1pm - 2pm Tours of the Creative studio
  • 2.30pm - 3.30pm Arts and Crafts session for children (all ages)

HX 50/10

HX 50/10

Rathmines Library 24 January - 21 February

An exhibition of creative work made with the community of Harold’s Cross as part of The National Neighbourhood.

HX 50/10 incorporates Life Lines by Harold’s Cross Ladies Club with artist Peter Varga (Humans of Dublin), and two documentary film pieces made with and about Harold’s Cross Community Festival with filmmaker Dave Knox.

Soccer Players and the Irish Revolution

Ballyfermot Library, Wednesday 12 February at 6.30pm  

Among the notable sporting casualties of historical myopia are Ireland’s revolutionary soccer players, whose stories have only recently received their due attention. What was it like to be a soccer-playing revolutionary, what influenced their choice of sport, and to what extent did their past-time reflect their political and cultural outlooks, if at all? This case-study examines these prepositions in order to shed some light on the experience of Irish soccer players within the revolutionary movements of the War of Independence and Irish Civil War.
Hosted by Aaron O Maonaigh as part of Euro 20 Dublin Football History Legacy project.