Library News

Central Library Travel Survey

BicyclesWe are currently undertaking a short travel survey among visitors to the Central Library, Ilac Centre. We are keen to hear how you travel to the library and would appreciate if you could spare a few minutes to complete this very short survey.

All respondents can enter into a draw to win a €100 One4All voucher!

The survey is now closed (6 May 2016)

All survey results and contact details will be treated as strictly confidential and will not be used for any other purpose.  The survey will close on Friday 6th of May 2016.
Please note that this survey is strictly for visitors over 18 years of age.

Borrow a Home Energy Saving Kit!

Energy KitHomeowners are now able to borrow some practical tools to help them save energy from a number of our branch libraries. The Home Energy Saving Kits have been developed by Dublin's energy agency Codema and contain six practical tools to help the public save energy at home. The kits are available to borrow free of charge in Ballymun, Cabra, Coolock and Raheny on the northside; Rathmines, RingsendTerenure and Walkinstown on the southside; and the Central Library (Ilac Centre) and Pearse Street in the city centre.

Tweet Day 2016 in Dublin City Public Libraries & Archive

Tweet day at Drumcondra LibraryOn 2 March 2016 we joined a nationwide campaign to highlight services provided by City and County Councils using the hashtags #ourcouncilday and #ÁrLáSaChomhairle on Twitter.

Take a look at a typical day at Dublin City Public Libraries and Archive!


Our Mobile Libraries get a New Look!

Mobile VanKeep an eye out for our new livery, both our Mobile Libraries have been given a new look.

One features the Two Cities, One Book2016 selected title, Fallen by Lia Mills, which we hope many of you will be reading this coming April.  This year our 'One City, One Book' reading initiative becomes 'Two Cities, One Book', as for the first time Dublin teams up with Belfast with readers in both cities reading Fallen. A programme of events in both cities will provide opportunities to engage with the book in a range of contexts.

The Open Learning Centre Shortlisted for the STAR Awards!

AONTAS[Update below] Dublin City Public Libraries' Open Learning Centre (OLC) has been shortlisted for 10th annual AONTAS STAR Awards! The OLC is one of 34 adult learning programmes shortlisted, the OLC being so in the category 'Leinster- Large Organisations'.

The Open Learning Centre is located in the Central LIbrary, Ilac Centre, in the heart of Dublin.

eBooks and eAudiobooks now Available!

BorrowBox logoYou can now borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks from Dublin City Public Libraries. Reserve or borrow up to 5 eAudiobooks and 5 eBooks at a time. Visit and sign in using your library membership card number and PIN. Don't have a PIN? Present in person your library card at any branch and you will be assigned a PIN. In order to download an ebook you need to install Adobe Digital Editions.

To access eBooks/eAudiobooks on your phone, tablet or reader, download the BorrowBox app from your device-specific App Store (Google Play) (iTunes) (Kindle Fire). Once you have installed the app, search for Dublin in the ‘Library’ field provided and then sign in using your library membership card number and PIN.

Get the Full Article! Newspapers Online via the Library

Newspapers onlineWe have for some time provided online access in our branch libraries to the complete issues of Irish newspapers via our subscription to 'The Irish Times Newspaper Archive' and to the 'Irish Newspaper Archive'. Both subscriptions provide access to full digital copy and a search facility; the Irish Newspaper Archive giving access to most (all?) of the regional papers plus the Irish Independent and the Irish Examiner.

Important to bear in mind though that the most recent issues (in both subscriptions) may not be available, i.e. most recent daily will be some 7 to 10 days old, while weekly papers may not include the most recent issue.

A handy point of access to these subscriptions is provided on our Netvibes-based portal (note: both subscriptions available on library computers only).

ProQuest Newspaper Search

Digital Magazines Now Available!

iPadWe are delighted to announce that we now provide free, unlimited access to a wide selection of full-colour, interactive digital magazines. And that means current and back issues! Whether your area of interest is entertainment, gardening, history, science, health, travel, cars, sports, or others besides, there is surely something to suit all tastes.

Here is just a flavour of the over 100 titles we provide access to: - Amateur Gardening, Astronomy, BBC History Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Digital Camera World, Heat, Ideal Home, Knit Today, National Geographic, Radio Times, Runner's World, The Economist, Total Film, What Car?, Woman's Own, Women's Health, Your Family Tree. Phew!

Register Now! To create a new account enter your library card barcode number and complete the short and simple registration form.

Magical book found in Dublin - READ All About It!

The Boook of LearningWe invite children to delve into the world of Ebony Smart, a 12-year old girl whose world has just changed forever  - a new home in Dublin that is full of secrets, a magical book that unlocks the mystery to her past and a mysterious boy called Zach who befriends her – for the Citywide Reading Campaign for Children 2016.

The campaign is run by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature and Dublin City Public Libraries, in partnership with Mercier Press, and runs from January to March 2016.

Fallen is One City One Book Choice for 2016!

FallenWe are delighted to announce that Lia Mills’ novel Fallen, published by Penguin Ireland, is the Dublin: One City One Book choice for 2016.

We are also delighted to announce that, for the first time, Dublin will team up with Belfast for a 'Two Cities One Book' Festival.  2016 will see a partnership with Libraries NI (the library authority for Northern Ireland) so that next April readers in Dublin and Belfast will engage with the same book at the same time. The initiative was launched at noon today (14th) by an tArdmhéara Críona Ní Dhálaigh and the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD.