Library News

Dublin: One City, One Book 2015 is Launched!

Roddy DoyleDublin will become Barrytown in April as the city celebrates Roddy Doyle’s Barrytown Trilogy, this year’s Dublin: One City One Book choice.

Right: Author Roddy Doyle at the launch of Dublin: One City, One Book at Dublin City's Central Library this morning.

Dublin City Council’s Public Libraries have organised a packed programme featuring over 60 events which will animate the Barrytown Trilogy throughout April.

Touch-type Read and Spell - Online Computer Course

TTRSThe Central Library, Ilac Centre, is currently offering Touch-type Read and Spell (TTRS), an online computer course. As well as developing typing skills, TTRS is designed to benefit students of all ages who experience spelling, reading or writing difficulties. Students with dyslexia or literacy issues have found it helpful. This is a multisensory, structured, online course which assists students to learn at their own pace either in the library or at home. The Central Library has a number of licences available to library users.

The Monica Roberts Collection Available Online!

Corporal Arthur William BrennanAt the outbreak of the First World War, Monica Roberts was a young upper-class woman who lived at Kelston, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin. Together with her friends, she set up a 'Band of Helpers to the Soldiers' to provide gifts and comforts to men at the Western Front, who were members of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers or the Royal Flying Corps. The group sent cigarettes and tobacco, socks and vaseline for tired feet, handkerchiefs, boot-laces, chocolate, peppermint, oxo and dried fruit. Monica Roberts included a letter with her gifts and the recipients replied to her, setting up a correspondence. The letters from the soldiers give a vivid picture of conditions at the Front, and also include comments on contemporary politics. Of particular interest are remarks from soldiers regarding the 1916 Rising. Included in the collection and available here online is Monica Roberts' contemporary diary from Easter Week 1916, which includes her eye-witness account of the Rising.

Library Development Plan 2012-2016

Dublin City, with a population of 527,612 is the political, administrative, educational, commercial, retail and cultural capital of Ireland. It stands at the gateway to the Greater Dublin Area (GDA), an urban area with a population of 1,273,069 (Census 2011). Daily visitors to the city include residents, workers, shoppers, students and tourists. Dublin is the economic engine of the state and its public library service must have regard to the local, national and international context in which the city operates.

European and Local Elections Day

e-RegThe European Parliament Election and the Local Elections 2014 will be held on Friday 23rd May. Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm. Twelve candidates will contest three Dublin seats in the European Parliament Elections.  In the Dublin City Council Local Elections voters from nine local electoral areas will together elect sixty-three Councillors.  You can follow the action on twitter using #le14.

Check the Register to see if you are already registered to vote.

Improved Printing Service, Central Library and Cabra Library

Surfbox[1st May 2014] Dublin City Public Libraries are pleased to announce the arrival of an improved and easily accessible printing service in the Central Library (ILAC Centre) and in Cabra Library.

In addition to using a library computer to have your document printed, you can now email the job, upload it to the web or use the HP ePrint app on your phone or tablet. You will receive a “Privacy Release Code” which you can enter on the touch screen of the Print Server to retrieve your documents.

Both Colour and Black & White printing available.

The Savita Memorial 2018

Savita MemorialIn the run-up to the referendum to repeal the 8th Amendment in May 2018, a mural appeared near the George Bernard Shaw pub in Portobello, Dublin. The mural by Aches graffiti artists depicted Savita Halappanavar who died in Galway University Hospital in October 2012 following a septic miscarriage. Ms Halappanavar had requested a termination on more than one occasion but had been refused because of the presence of a foetal heartbeat.

'Opportunities for All' - The New Public Library Strategy

Opportunities for AllIf you could build your ideal public library, what would it be like? A bright, spacious place to work, study, relax or enjoy community events? Free access, longer opening hours, Wi-Fi, self-service, ebooks and professional staff to help you with any research you might need? Or maybe you'd prefer to enjoy the digital library from the comfort of your own home? All of the above...or is that too much to ask?

Back in early September you were asked to contribute towards a new strategy for public libraries covering the period 2013 - 2017. Well, on 17th December last Phil Hogan, Minister at  the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, launched the new strategy, "Opportunities for All: the public library as a catalyst for economic, social and cultural development" (pdf, 1.2mb, 104pp).

The Dublin City Library @ Parnell Square Cultural Quarter

Brochure[Update: 24th January 2014]

City launches details of Parnell Square Cultural Quarter - a new Cultural District for Dublin City

In early April 2013, Dublin’s Lord Mayor Naoise Ó Muirí announced a vision of a new cultural quarter for Dublin city – Parnell Square. A new City Library will be built beside the existing world-class Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane and will offer a range of creative, participative and educational experiences, united by a trinity of themes, Learn, Create and Participate. A civic plaza will connect the new City Library and cultural facilities, creating a new public space that those who live, work and visit Dublin can use, engage with and enjoy in the heart of the city.

Keeping up with Library News

Library NewsLots of things happen in Dublin City Public Libraries - easy to believe when you realise that we are the largest library service in the Republic of Ireland.  As the largest, we serve a resident population of over half a million people, to which you can add the many others who may also avail of our many services - the regular commuters from surrounding regions, the large third-level student population and the many visitors to our capital city from further afield. We deliver our services via some 41 service points, this number being made up of 21 branch libraries a number of specialist service points and those locations visited on a regular basis by our mobile library service. Did you know too that we provide a library service to the Irish Prison Service on an agency basis? To put some final numbers to it, there were 2.7 million library visits in 2012 (not including some 0.9 million virtual visits) and over 2.5 million items loaned out.