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elearning at your libraryDublin City Libraries supports learning for everyone, at every stage of life.  Learning opportunities include online learning courses, language learning, and computer skills. Library collections including databases, books, magazines, audio books, DVDs, CD-ROMS, podcasts can assist your learning and study.

The learning resources, facilities and language exchange will integrate and be available from the Lending Section.

The Business Information Centre at the Central Library is where "learner entrepreneurs" will find information on Irish companies and also on market opportunities in foreign countries.

Adult Education collections include literacy and numeracy materials and are available in most branch libraries.


Computer Skills

All libraries provide access to computers and the Internet. A smaller number of learning PCs will be available in the newly constructed Learning Hub. (for language, computer, assistive technology and Tovertavel PCs - all bookable from the Lending Section, Driver Theory Test CD). Use of the Learning Hub is available on a bookable basis. A certification of learning hours completed remains available on request.

Language Learning

Language learning facilities are available in several of our branch libraries. You can work towards a library-based Certificate of Course Completion should you so wish. Language learning is also available through informal conversation exchange in foreign languages. And then there are the online language learning courses available courtesy of your library membership. More lending resources on Language exams preparation and a smaller number of language exam books available for use in the Learning Hub. We also have uTalk CDs available for lending.

Support for Adult Literacy Tutors

Trained literacy tutors play a key role in helping adults with reading and writing difficulties, and in recognition of this the Central Library has compiled a resource list of publications to support their professional development.


Online Learning

Includes Universal Class Online Courses with over 400 courses available; ArtistWorks music and art instruction; uTALK with 130 languages you can learn through 123 interface languages; Microsoft Imagine Academy training in Microsoft Office programmes such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook; and Touch Type Read and Spell for those who experience spelling, reading or writing difficulties and those wishing to developing their typing skills.

Second-Level Students

Note, because Dublin is currently at Level 3 of the Government's 'Plan for Living with COVID-19'  branches are operating a 'Call and Collect' service and it is not possible to study in the library.

The Dublin and Irish Local Studies Collection offers a research facility to Second Level History and Geography students preparing for the Leaving Certificate.

At a central location on Pearse Street, the Research Reading Room is open to students who wish to use the resources of the library. These include an unparalleled collection of material on Irish history, with particular emphasis on the Dublin area.

Study Spaces

A number of spaces for personal study are available in the Research Reading Room, Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse Street.

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