Central Library

Hearts and Minds with Donal Ryan and Martin Dyar

Martin Dyar,  Donal RyanBooker-nominated novelist Donal Ryan and Patrick Kavanagh Award-winning poet Martin Dyar visited the Central Library on 2 March 2017 for a special evening of collaborative and interactive explorations of their work. Donal and Martin read from their own works and read excerpts from each others work in a special call and response format.

The two writers also discussed their writing process and the centrality of rural Ireland to their work, before answering questions from the audience.

Japanese Translations of Irish Literature

PresentationOn 18 February, 106 Japanese translations of Irish literary works were presented by Ambassador Mari Miyoshi on behalf of 6 organisations in Japan to Brendan Teeling, Deputy City Librarian, Dublin City Public Libraries at an event in the Central Library on 18 February 2017.  The event was organised by the Japan Embassy in Ireland in cooperation with Central Library staff to mark 60 years of diplomatic relations between Ireland and Japan.

The titles were selected by Professor Manabe, Shiga University Japan and the organisations who donated the books included:

Magical Slovakia Photographic Exhibition

High Tatra MountainsAs you may already know, Slovakia currently holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. To celebrate this, Central Library, Ilac Centre is currently hosting the photographic exhibition – Magical Slovakia by Photographer Ladislav Struhar.

Image: High Tatra Mountains by Ladislav Struhar

The exhibition was first opened in the European Parliament in Strasbourg in July by Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico and European Parliament President Martin Schulz. The exhibition showcases Slovakia through unique documentary and art photographs that offer an unparalleled glimpse of Slovakia from diverse perspectives.

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.

Spring Awakening

Learning BusSpring Awakening on Thursday 16th April is the inaugural event for Culture Dublin 1 - an organisation dedicated to promoting awareness and engagement with cultural institutions in the Dublin 1 postcode.

Spring Awakening will be a day of open culture, where you can step inside some of Dublin's most venerated buildings or partake in a free walking tour to celebrate this area of the city centre. Take an Argentine tango lesson, learn about Georgian architecture, get re-acquainted with Joyce or learn how to write a novel.

Drop in to the Dublin City Public Libraries' Learning Bus, parked outside the Hugh Lane Gallery from 6pm - 8pm to talk about plans for the new City Library at Parnell Square North. Looking forward to seeing you there! 

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.

Japan donate translated Japanese books to Central Library

Ms Margaret Hayes, Dublin City Librarian with Deputy Head of Mission Mr Kojiro Uchiyama. Photo: Embassy of Japan in IrelandOn 8 May 2014, 12 works of Japanese literature donated by the Japanese Literature Publishing Project (JLPP) to the Central Library of Dublin in March 2014, were made available for the public to borrow.

This donation was initiated by the JLPP, which was founded to promote modern Japanese literature to the world. Under this programme, overseen by the Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan, works of Japanese literature published over the past 150 years are selected by a committee of literary professionals, translated into various languages, and published overseas.

Photo: Ms Margaret Hayes, Dublin City Librarian with Deputy Head of Mission Mr Kojiro Uchiyama. Photo: Embassy of Japan in Ireland

There's no place like... Ilac Central Library!

We just love this video about our flagship library, the Central Library, in the Ilac Centre in the heart of Dublin!  It is the perspective of an exchange student here in Dublin to study and learn English. The language is Portuguese, with English subtitles.

To quote the student, "you get so much, culturally speaking" from a visit to the Central Library, and a visit "really makes your day". Nice!

3D Christmas Papercrafts in the Central Library

 3D Christmas Papercrafts at the Central Library

Come enjoy some fun festive paper crafts in the Central Library - construct cut-out paper sculpture, fold origami decorations and more! This is a free event, for children aged 7 to 10 years.

We will also have a selection of origami and papercrafts books to borrow on the day.

New Service - Language Learning Online

Please Note: Transparent Languages Online, has now been replaced by Mango Languages (12 February 2016).

Transparent Language OnlineDublin City Public Libraries is pleased to announce a free online language learning service, Transparent Languages Online from 1st October 2013. This free learning system offers:

Unlimited access to courses in over 80 supported languages
English learning from 24 languages
English learning for Beginner and Intermediate levels
Learn to listen, speak, read and write
Language learning on the go with Byki Mobile
You can register for the service using your library borrower number located on your library card. You will then be asked to create a profile on the TLO website with username and password. This will enable you to track your own learning and log on from PCs in branch libraries, from home and on mobile devices (laptops, tablets, smartphones).