Ballymun Library Temporary Closure

Ballymun LibraryBallymun Library will close on 30th September for a period of 8-10 weeks to allow essential roof replacement works to take place. Dublin City Libraries has exhausted all options to maintain service but for safety reasons, library staff will not be in a position to offer library services from the library building while works are ongoing.

A recipe for disaster - Kingsley Amis versus Joe Wicks

authorMuch loved writer Kingsley Amis, author of Lucky Jim, The Green Man and The Alteration certainly was ‘yer man’ for the booze. A belief that the societal benefits and profound joy of alcohol greatly outweighed the personal disasters that the gargle may precipitate, informed his life and writing.

Dublin One City One Book and the novel Tatty

book titleHave you noticed the Tatty street banners flying high around St. Stephens Green and the one on Liberty Hall recently? Tatty is a novel by Christine Dwyer Hickey, which was first published in 2004, and this year was chosen as the Dublin One City One Book choice.

Dublin City Libraries open for 'Browse and Borrow'

covid updateUpdate, 14th September: Seventeen Dublin City branch libraries are now open for browsing and borrowing.

Sixteen of the libraries (listed below, note the exception - Inchicore/Richmond Barracks) are open from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Saturday, for users to browse and borrow books, CDs, DVDs. At this point of a phased 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 or library app to issue and return items.  Visitors will also be able to collect printing from the Surfbox printers.

Computer access in also available in most of these branch libraries, though in a limited manner. Wifi access is also available.

‘Call and Collect’ service at Dublin City Libraries

Pearse StreetUpdate, 14th September. Dublin City Libraries is operating a 'Call and Collect' service in the following branch libraries: Charleville Mall, Marino, Phibsboro and Ringsend.

'Call and collect' is a way for you to order books and collect them from your local library when they are available.

Irish writer Maggie O’Farrell's novel wins major €33k prize

book titleMaggie O’Farrell has won the 2020 Women’s Prize for Fiction for Hamnet, her novel inspired by the life and death of Shakespeare’s only son. It was chosen from a shortlist that included the Booker Prize winning Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo and The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel , the concluding part of her double Booker winning Wolf Hall trilogy.

Lord Mayor’s Certificate in Oral History, 2020 - 2021

oral historyThe Lord Mayor’s Certificate in Oral History will be offered by Dublin City Council, on Monday evenings from September 2020 until April 2021. The course consists of 70 hours part time and will equip participants with skills in the preparation and conduct of oral history projects, including best practice in the collection and archiving of oral history interviews.

The International DUBLIN Literary Award 2020 Shortlist

DublinTen novels have been shortlisted for the 2020 International DUBLIN Literary Award, sponsored by Dublin City Council. The shortlist announced today includes Milkman by Irish author Anna Burns, and three novels in translation. Celebrating 25 years, this award is the world's most valuable annual prize for a single work of fiction published in English, worth €100,000 to the winner. If the book has been translated the author receives €75,000 and the translator receives €25,000.

School Tumblebooks with The Best Excuse

book titleWhether you are returning to school or starting school, over the next few weeks we will be highlighting school-related stories available from our TumbleBooks collection. Today, we have chosen a story called ‘The Best Excuse’, written by Ellen Feinman Moss and illustrated by Charmain Lee. Jesse is always late for school. One day, he is determined to be on time but he still turns up late.  When his teacher asks him why, he tells her and his classmates an amazing story.

How far have you got on the Longlist?

Award logoThe International Dublin Literary Award 2020 Shortlist announcement will take place on the 3rd September. The award is managed by Dublin City Council’s library service. There are 156 books eligible for the 2020 award, nominated by libraries in 119 cities and 40 countries worldwide; 50 titles are in translation, spanning 21 languages, and 51 books are first novels.