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Libraries have much more than the fiction and non-fiction you might have expected. Dublin City Libraries provides material in different formats (eBooks, eAudiobooks, large print, talking books, video/DVD, MP3), books for readers wanting something easier and less demanding (Easy Reads), books in different languages, reference material, study material (e.g. language course material) and books for those who fancy something different (e.g. graphic novels).

BorrowBox logoeBooks and eAudiobooks

Borrow up to 5 eBooks and 5 eAudiobooks 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.

Digital Comics and Graphic Novels

Download unlimited comics and graphic novels (loan period is one week). On your first visit, create a new account (inputting your Dublin City library membership card number) and complete registration. Email address required.
Download the Comics Plus app: Google Play - Android | iTunes - iOS

Other Formats

Large Print - If you are finding it difficult reading normal-sized print why not try large print? All branches have a wide range of fiction and some non-fiction books in large print. They are usually shelved separately. Ask the staff in any library for assistance

Easy Reads - if you prefer to read something shorter than the usual book with shorter sentences you might like to try books from the Easy Reads section in many libraries.

Foreign Language Books - The Central Library, Cabra, Charleville Mall, Dolphin’s Barn, Finglas, Kevin Street, Marino, Pearse Street, Rathmines and Terenure stock books in several languages.

Graphic Novels - are graphic novels more your thing? The following branch libraries stock graphic novels: Ballyfermot, Ballymun, Coolock, Donaghmede, Finglas, and Walkinstown.

Audio Books - prefer to listen than read? Going on a long car journey? Try audio books on CD or MP3.

Recommended Reads

Reading group meetingWho Else Writes Like...? A readers' guide to fiction authors is an established reference web resource and reading promotion tool. It is designed to help anyone who enjoys reading fiction to expand the number of writers they read. (Select Log in with your library card number, then select 'Dublin City Public Libraries'. In branch library no login required.)

Check our blog for books reviews, suggested reads and more.

Book Clubs

Book clubs are a popular way for book lovers to discuss books, both fiction and non-fiction, in an informal friendly setting. Some groups meet in libraries or each other's homes, some in pubs or restaurants.

Book Awards

Want to know what books are winning prizes?

The International Dublin Literary Award, the Man Booker Prize, the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction, the Costa Book Awards among others? Want to know a bit about them?

Learn more in our guide to the best of the literary awards.

Dublin: One City One Book

Dublin: One City, One Book encourages everyone in the city to read the same book during the month of April each year. It is a Dublin City Council initiative led by the City Library Service.

Reference-only Material

Registration is not required in order to access the following material:

  • Directories - e.g. Telephone directories; Thom's Dublin and County Street Directory; The Irish Times Incredibly Indispensable Web Directory.
  • Encyclopaedias - e.g. Social Science Encyclopaedia; Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Costume & Fashion; Photography Encyclopaedia; Cambridge Biographical Encyclopaedia; Encyclopaedia Britannica.
  • Dictionaries - e.g. Language dictionaries; Dictionary of Irish Place Names; Dictionary of Irish Quotations; Dictionary of Irish Artists.
  • Phone Books - National Directories in print and International Directories online, not in print format.
  • Yearbooks - e.g. IPA Administration Yearbook and Diary; Statesman's Yearbook; Whitaker's Almanac.
  • Newspapers, magazines and journals - e.g. Irish Independent, Irish Times, Evening Herald. View the complete list of newspapers, magazines and journals held in Dublin City Libraries. Note: Titles held can change. It is advisable to check with library in advance to ensure title/issue sought is available.
    Plus access and search a range of magazines and newspapers online



DVDs - want to see what the filmed version of your favourite book is like? Select from the stock of filmed books, plays and movie classics on DVD. All branch libraries stock DVDs.
See Music & Movies.

Music Collection

Dublin City Public Libraries has a significant music collection with most branches providing a range of music and music literature. The main collection is located in the Music Library, Ilac Shopping Centre.
See Music & Movies.

...and much more

Language Courses - want to know what to order in that Tuscan restaurant? Start a new language or brush up on your school language skills and borrow language CDs or cassettes from any branch library. Courses cover basic, intermediate, advanced, holiday phrases or business level.

Learn Online - learn a language, music and art instruction, pick from over 400 courses

CD ROMs - want to design your garden or get a new look for yourself? Computer software on CD ROM could be the answer. The following branch libraries stock computer software for adults and children: Cabra, Central Library, Donaghmede, Pearse Street, Rathmines, and Walkinstown.

Publications for sale

PublicationsAccess a list of publications issued by Dublin City Public Libraries and available for purchase. Included are all the titles in the Sir John T. Gilbert lecture series (2003- to date).
See Publications for sale