Dublin City Libraries open for 'Browse and Borrow'

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covid updateUpdate, 10th August: Ten Dublin City libraries are now open for browsing and borrowing. These are Ballymun, Cabra, Coolock, and Raheny on the northside, Ballyfermot, Inchicore, Pearse Street, Pembroke (Ballsbridge) Rathmines and Walkinstown on the southside.

The ten libraries are open from 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday, for users to browse and borrow books, CDs DVDs. In this initial phase of re-opening there will be no seating for reading or studying, and users are encouraged to keep their visit as short as possible, and to use the self-service kiosks.  Visitors will be able to collect printing from the Surfbox printers.

Computer access in also available in all the above branch libraries, albeit in a limited manner.

Updates will be posted here and on our social media platforms.

Quick ‘Browse and Borrow’ branches:

If your local library isn't open for browsing you can use the Call and Collect service.

Hours of service :

Monday to Saturday 10am to 4 pm

How will it work?

  • There will be a limited number of visitors allowed into the branch at any one time so you may have to queue to access the library
  • Once inside everyone will observe physical distancing
  • The idea is to browse and borrow and return fairly quickly - so that no-one is waiting too long to get in!
  • Items can be checked-out on the self-service kiosks or using the self-service option on our library app.
  • Users can collect printing from the Surfbox printers.
  • Children under 12 year olds should be accompanied by an adult.

(originally published 26th June 2020)


Why are all libraries not re opened ? When do you plan to get back to work as normal, ? Libraries are a vital service to communities and need to be re opened as with all other services now goodness even the pubs are open. Please re view your policy and deliver the service we need and you are being funded for.
Thank you.

From June 29th six of our libraries will open for browsing and borrowing. These are Cabra, Coolock, and Raheny, Pearse Street, Pembroke, and Rathmines.
They will open 10am - 4pm Monday to Saturday

All other branches will operate the Click and Collect service: http://www.dublincity.ie/story/call-and-collect

We are doing this on a phased basis in accordance with government directives with the safety of our staff and patrons in mind. Kind Regards, Karen.


When is the library access to computers reopening? Rathmines is my local library.

The following libraries are open from 10am-4pm Monday - Saturday: Cabra, Coolock, Raheny, Rathmines, Pearse St and Pembroke for borrow and browse only but if you email rathmineslibrary@dublincity.ie they will endeavour to help you with your query, Mary. We are opening on a phased basis presently in accordance with government directives.

When will the Gilbert be reopening?
I need to do some research on the electoral registers that the DPC made you take down!

Hello Claire, we do not know that yet and as you can appreciate we have to follow government guidelines and Dublin City Council Health and Safety protocols on reopening. Please keep an eye on our web page and social media for further updates.

Is it possible to order a book online?

Hello Fionnuala. Yes it is, you can email your library of choice by clicking on one of the named links in the article above. Online reserves are no switched on presently. Or you can use Ask a Librarian http://www.dublincity.ie/story/ask-librarian-here

Good morning
When we come for browsing and collecting can we hand in our borrowed stuff we still have at home as well?
Thanks a lot!

Hello Bianca, yes you can do that at self service kiosks or at the desk. A member of staff should be able to help you.

Hi there, can I get access to the irish Newspaper Archive online at Rathmines Library? I have a quick query, I know the article and the date of the newspaper and just want to check the page number to give a reference for research purposes.

Hello Catherine Ann, Rathmines library is open for borrow and browse and has limited computer usage so probably your best bet is to email them:  rathmineslibrary@dublincity.ie. I know that it requires a PC and WIFI.

Hi is there any idea of when the libraries will allow people in to study?

Thank you!

Hello Ciara,

Libraries and Archives are being reopened on a phased basis and at all times in line with Government and HSE advice.
Whereas as some libraries are open for browsing and borrowing, there is no seating for reading or studying, and users are encouraged to keep their visits as short as possible.

Please keep an eye on our social media for updates. Sorry I cannot be more specific.

Do you have any idea when you will be resuming your online reservation and collection system? Getting the books that are in the library nearest you is not always a great option if you are trying to read a series of books.

Hello Breanne, it has been switched on since July 17th. Kind Regards.

I see that online reservations are back again. I reserved a dvd pre-Covid and got the email to say it is available during lockdown. My home library is Drumcondra which is still closed. How do I organise for pick up of this item?
Thanks in advance.

Hi Eoghan, Drumcondra is open for 'call and collect' whcih means that you can reserve items and call around to collect them. You can't browse however.

Please contact Drumcondra and check if the item is available. You can then make arrangements to pick it up. http://www.dublincity.ie/drumcondra-library

Hi, Mailing on behalf of my daughter (32). What is the procedure for newly joining the library these day's please? We intend dropping up to her nearest open one (Ballyfermot) soon.
Thanking you in advance.

Can I come print and photocopy?

Hello Kristin, this link will tell you where you can use Surfbox: http://www.dublincity.ie/main-menu-services-recreation-culture-dublin-ci...


Are there libraries open that allow people to study in? Preferably Rathmines or city centre.

Hello Sen, in this initial phase of re-opening there will be no seating for reading or studying.  Please keep an eye here or on our social media for further updates.

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