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Read the newspapers and be informed!

Newspaper headlinesThere are 21 different newspaper titles available in print each day/week in the Business Information Centre, Central Library, Ilac Centre.

Included here are the Irish daily papers:

  • Irish Times
  • Irish Independent
  • Irish Examiner
  • Irish Daily Mail
  • Mirror
  • Star
  • Evening Herald

also held are the UK papers:

Europa League Trophy coming to the Central Library

 Michel Platini handing over trophy to Lord Mayor of Dublin, Gerry BreenAs you probably know the UEFA Europa League Final takes place this year in the capital and so the trophy was officially handed over to the Lord Mayor of Dublin on Tuesday April 19th in a ceremony in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. In what was the culmination of five years' planning UEFA President Michel Platini handed over the trophy to the Lord Mayor of Dublin Gerry Breen saying that it was a very good idea to have the final in Dublin. The ceremony was also attended by representatives of Club Atletico de Madrid, the first-ever UEFA Europa League champions.

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Rhinestone Cowboys

One of the more idiosyncratic aspects of public library layout is the corralling of 'Wild West' novels into their own distinct section...or should that be 'reservation'. Whether this is a form of literary apartheid against genre fiction or a mere reflection of borrower demand is moot (I strongly suspect the latter rather than the former). If you have been unable to take the Western seriously since the infamous 'campfire' scene in Blazing Saddles, here are four literary masterpieces that will restore your faith in the genre.

Give them a shot!

Quirky Reads from Bloomsbury

Publishers The Bloomsbury Group have a series of handy-sized books that are well worth taking a look at if you like a quirky read. The series consists of books mainly from the early 20 century, many of which had fallen out of print. Readers can suggest books they think should be revived. The series is attractively packaged, and contains some real gems.

Mrs Harris goes to ParisMrs Harris goes to Paris’ by Paul Gallico is the story of a London charlady who sets her heart on owning a Christian Dior dress, and scrimps and saves until she has enough money to fulfil her unlikely dream. Her trip to the House of Dior introduces her to new friends, adventures, and perspectives on life.


Harry Potter DVDsWith the release of the final Harry Potter movie this summer (on July 15 for those who are counting the days like me!!), and the release of the latest Harry Potter movie on DVD, it’s never too late to become a Harry Potter fan, (or like me read all the stories again in preparation for the film!)All seven Harry Potter novels and DVDs are available to borrow in Dublin City Public Libraries or you can reserve them online using your borrower number and pin number. Your borrower number is on your library card and if you do not have a pin number you can get it at your local Dublin City Public Library.

Electronic Journals

Here is a small selection of Electronic Journals available for consultation in The Business Information Centre. For further information and a full list of all electronic journal titles, Tel. 01 8733996/8734333 or e-mail:

A Star is Born

Star Awards Winner 2011 Just to let you know that the Open Learning Centre won a Star Award in the "learning for work" category at the recent award ceremony. These awards are organised by Aontas (the voice of adult learning) to "outstanding learner-centred adult and community education projects." This year there were 84 nominations in various categories of Adult learning organisations, community and voluntary groups, the business sector and statutory bodies.

Summer! What is happening in the Business Information Centre

With the Summer months drawing near, you may be wondering what workshops are taking place here in the Business Information Centre over the next few months.

For the month of April & May we are running the Start Your Own Business Lectures on Thursday evenings, from 6.30pm - 8pm, starting on 21st April and running through until the 26th May (book immediately to be guaranteed a place) and then on the 9th June we are resuming the Career Workshops.

Bargain Town: Shops and Shopping in Dublin

Meeting PlaceView the Shops and Shopping in Dublin Gallery

This gallery consists of images of shops, stalls, and markets from the Dublin City Council Photographic Collection. A few of these are still open for business but most have closed their doors. It is hoped that these images will serve as memory triggers for any Dubliner who was ever ‘sent out for the messages’.