National Library Open Day

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logoDrop into your local Dublin City library on National Library Open Day, this Saturday, 29 February 2020. We invite you to come into your local library and sign up for a library card.

Visit our library stand, pick up a leaflet and ask staff about all the free resources you can borrow with a library card or/and download on your mobile devices. Between, books, magazines, e-audiobooks and courses, you will find something to suit you.

Find out about the groups you can join in the library – most libraries will have book clubs, story-times, lectures and talks. There is something for everyone and it won’t cost you a thing.

Dublin City Libraries’ events for National Library Open Day:


  • Ballyfermot Library: Find out about the Creative Studio (where you can make sound and video recordings) with tours at 10am and 1pm
  • Central Library: Librarians will give you an overview of all the services available in the Central Library at 10am and 2.30pm
  • Dublin City Archives: Go on a tour with Dr. Mary Clarke, City Archivist  of Dublin City Archives at 3pm. Did you know that the head of Nelson’s pillar is in the Dublin Reading Room in Pearse Street and that Dublin had the first planning section for a city in Europe called The Wide Street Commission. Anything you need to know about the city is here in this archive.
  • Rathmines Library: History Talk on Harry Clarke at 3pm with James Curry, Historian.
  • Charleville Mall Library: Library Tours at 10.30am & 12.30am or on request.

Creative Activities

  • Coolock Library re-opened in January to a great response from Dublin’s northside community.
  • We invite you to come in and see the new Maker Space form 11am – 4pm and find out from ‘makers’ about the options of using laser cutting machines, 3D scanners and printers, Raspberry Pi and Arduino kits.
  • Ballymun Library welcomes children and families to make a ‘spring animal’ craft from 12pm – 1pm
  • Ballyfermot Library will have an arts and crafts session for all age groups between 2.30 pm – 3.30pm.
  • Charleville Mall Library invite you to meet their Library Robot and to try out their interactive nursery table.


  • The Quiet Tree – an intimate traditional Irish music performance at Cabra Library with Ceol Connected at  10.30 am  – 11.15am  and 12pm to 12.45pm . This performance is for 3- 5 year olds with a parent. Booking required. Tel. 8691414. Email:
  • Ballyfermot Library Trad Hub – Come along and enjoy trad and fold music played by local musicians in the Trad Hub between 11am and 1pm.
  • Library Rock Instruments for lending – Girls Rock Dublin and Pearse Street Library staff will answer questions from teens about this new service they are providing for free from 2.30 - 3.30pm.

Join a group

  • Libraries are social spaces in communities and have many groups. Come along to Walkinstown library form 10am to 12.30pm and hear from 7 groups about what they do and how you can join them. Walkinstown Library has a readers’ club, a local history group, a grow it yourself group and thriving needlecraft groups.


  • Bring your child to a Teddy Bear Story-telling picnic ( under 7 year olds) at Ballyfermot Library between 11am and 12 pm.
  • Charleville Mall Library invite you to storytime for babies and toddlers at 11.30am and for children at 3pm.
  • Rathmines Library have story-telling, music, and crafts -they will be making bookmarks and providing a colouring craft for younger children.