Library News

Mobile Library Service Cancellation, 23 June

Mobile libraryDublin City Public Libraries regrets that the Mobile Library is unable to provide a service to Cabra West (12.05 - 1.00pm) and Elm Road, Donnycarney,  (2.15pm - 4.00pm) on Friday, 23 June.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

For further information and for assistance, please call us on 8691415.

A General Theory of Oblivion by José Eduardo Agualusa wins 2017 International DUBLIN Literary Award

José Eduardo AgualusaAngolan author José Eduardo Agualusa has won the 2017 International DUBLIN Literary Award for his novel A General Theory of Oblivion, translated from the Portuguese by Daniel Hahn. The Award is organised and sponsored by Dublin City Council and at €100,000 is the world’s largest prize for a single novel published in English.

Image: José Eduardo Agualusa. Credit: Rosa Cunha

Uniquely, the Award receives its nominations from public libraries in cities around the globe and recognises both writers and translators. The winner was announced at a ceremony in Dublin's Mansion House today.

Check our catalogue for A General Theory of Oblivion

Home Energy Kit wins EU Sustainable Energy Award!

HESK awardWe are very happy to announce that the Home Energy Saving Kit has won the Consumers Category at the EU Sustainable Energy Awards 2017. The winners were named at a ceremony at Salle des miroirs, Residence Palace, Brussels on Tuesday 20 June. The judges commented on the transferable nature of the Home Energy Saving Kit and praised its ease of use and potential to benefit a range of users - householders, business and schools.

Image: Anne-Marie Kelly, Dublin City Public Libraries and Suzanne Fitzpatrick, Codema accept the award. (see larger image)

“We are absolutely delighted to accept this EU Sustainable Energy Award for the Home Energy Saving Kit.  This is the first scheme of its kind in Ireland, so it’s great to have it recognised at an EU-level here today.  Codema’s unique relationship with Dublin City Council Libraries has made it possible to bring the kit into hundreds of homes across Dublin, making the city a greener place to be and helping our citizens to take the first step on their sustainable energy journey.” Suzanne Fitzpatrick, Codema

Historians in Residence – exciting new public history project

HistoriansDublin City Council has put history and communities at the heart an innovative new project which builds on last year’s commemoration of the 1916 Rising. The centenary of the Rising saw unprecedented engagement with history in the city as hundreds of thousands of citizens, visitors and community groups remembered this pivotal moment in our history.  Now Dublin City Council has recruited six Historians-in-Residence to build on this enormous public interest in history. The historians are working across the city and are talking history with the general public, community groups and schools from now until January 2018 and can be contacted at commemorations@dublicity.ie<--break->.

Historians-in-Residence pictured l-r:  Back row: Brian Hanley, Cormac Moore and Donal Fallon; Front row: Maeve Casserly, Cathy Scuffil and Darragh Gannon

Libraries Ireland: Access over 15 million items!

Libraries IrelandAnyone with a Dublin City library card can now use all 333 public libraries across the country, to read, browse, study, borrow items such as books, DVDs, games or other formats, use Wi-Fi, PCs and printing services.

Dublin City, in co-operation with all the public library services in Ireland,  is part of Libraries Ireland, launched in Navan Library on 29 May 2017. Speaking at the launch, Mr Damien English, T.D. Minister for Housing and Urban Renewal said “the introduction of the service by public libraries across the country is an exciting and ground-breaking initiative, the first of its kind in the world.  Every library in Ireland is effectively now your local library”.

June Public Holiday Arrangements

Summer readingDublin City Public Libraries will be closed from Saturday 3rd to Monday 5th June 2017 (inclusive). Branch libraries will re-open on Tuesday 6th June.

Online Renewals

You may renew items on loan if they are not required by another library member. Your item record will indicate the current return date, the renewal date, and any fines outstanding on the item on display.

Vote for the Home Energy Kit!

Home energy saving kitThe Home Energy Saving Kit is one of just 12 projects shortlisted for the Citizens' Award at this year's EU Sustainable Energy Awards. It is the only Irish project to be shortlisted, but as it is a public vote, we need your help! Voting closes at 12 am on June 14:   Vote for Home Energy Saving Kit!

The Home Energy Saving Kits have been developed by Dublin's energy agency Codema and are available to borrow at all branches of Dublin City Public Libraries. Each kit contains six practical tools to help you save energy at home.  The items in the toolkits address three key areas of energy use in the home - space heating, hot water and electricity consumption - and can help identify common problems such as lack of insulation, poor ventilation and the appliances in the home that might be driving up electricity bills.

We’re going paperless!

paperlessBut don’t worry, we’re not getting rid of the books!

From 6th June 2017 we will no longer be sending out printed overdue notices by post and will only send out overdue notices by email or text message.

Get your notices by email

It’s easy to sign up to receive notices by email and in addition to getting overdue notices by email you will:

  • Get a courtesy reminder that your books are due back three days before they are due – no more fines for overdue books!
  • Get another reminder the day your books are due back - no more fines for overdue books!!
  • Get a message by email as soon as an item you requested is ready for collection – pickup that book you’ve been waiting for and get reading!
  • Get a courtesy reminder when your library membership is up for renewal, for uninterrupted library service!

Lord Mayor's Certificate in Oral History, 2017-2018

Oral HistoryThe Lord Mayor’s Certificate in Oral History is offered by Dublin City Council as part of its commitment to life-long learning. The course 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. It examines the wealth of recorded oral narrative sources in Ireland in both oral history and folklore. Commencing in Sept 2017the Lord Mayor’s Certificate in Oral History will be taught at Dublin City Library & Archive,138–144 Pearse Street, Dublin2.  Classes are held on Monday evenings to facilitate attendance by a broad range of people. 

** The deadline for applications is 5.00pm on Friday 15th September 2017 **

Lord Mayor's Certificate in Local Studies, 2017-2018

Bang BangThe Lord Mayor's Certificate in Local Studies is offered by Dublin City Council as part of its commitment to life-long learning.  The course examines the local dimension of Ireland’s past and is presented in a lively and accessible manner.  Classes are held on Tuesday evenings to facilitate attendance by a broad range of people.

Commencing in September 2017, the Lord Mayor's Certificate in Local Studies will be taught at Dublin City Library and Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2.  The closing date for applications is 5.00 p.m. on Friday 1 September 2017. See the following form:-

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