Newspapers and Periodicals
Newspapers, both national and local, some dating from the 18th century, form a considerable part of the materials held in the library. As well as daily and weekly newspapers the library has a collection of various Irish literary and political newspapers, which appeared from time to time during the years since 1900. Newspapers continue to be collected on an ongoing basis and are available to the public in either bound hardcopy or microfilm formats.
Current and recent issues of the newspapers are not available for viewing for a period of approximately four months.
Daily newspapers are available for reading in Dublin City Public Libraries' Business Information Centre in the Central Library, Ilac Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1.
Dublin City Public Libraries subscribes to the Irish Times Newspaper Archive and the Irish Newspaper Archives, which gives access to a searchable electronic archive of newspaper titles in the Reading Room and in our branch libraries.
The titles currently available via the Irish Newspaper Archives include:
- Freeman's Journal 1763 - 1924
- Irish Independent 1905 - current
- Sunday Independent 1906 - current
- Irish Press 1931 - 1995
- Finns Leinster Journal 1771 - 1828
- Nation 1842 - 1897
- Meath Chronicle 1897 - current
- Connaught Telegraph 1900 - current
and many other provincial titles from the Anglo-Celt to the Westmeath Examiner. Full details of the issues available are on the Irish Newspaper Archives website.
Periodicals, journals and magazines
Journals and magazines from the 18th century to the present day cover such diverse topics as local history and antiquities, architecture, sport, religion, literature, education, archaeology, transport and music.
Titles such as the distinguished 'Dublin University Magazine', which dealt with the literary and intellectual concerns of 19th century Dublin to the wonderful 'Lady of the House', which reflected the concerns of Dublin ladies at the turn of the 20th century, are included in the collection, among many others.
Many organizations and societies produce journals, from large organisations to local publications produced by family history societies and local interest groups. Every county in Ireland has produced its own historical journal and these are an invaluable source for local historians as well as for those doing family history research.