Libraries for Everyone
"We are committed to providing services for everyone without discrimination on any grounds. We respect and value individuals and communities supporting learning and development opportunities for people of all ages and all abilities. We seek to promote equality and diversity throughout all our services."
Dublin City Public Libraries Equality Statement
We aim to have our branch libraries accessible and welcoming for everyone. If a branch library is wheelchair accessible we display the logo on the branch webpage and on library leaflets. Please contact your local branch library for more details and local information.
All our branch libraries and mobile libraries have been fitted with hearing loops.
Throughout the year we have events and programmes that celebrate inclusion and diversity. Check our Library Events listings.
Books, Multimedia and eResources
We have a large selection of books in large print. We also have books on CD, cassette and MP3, which you can borrow. You can search these on the catalogue using the Advanced Search and entering the title, author or keyword of choice. Then use the 'Format' box to select 'Large Print' or 'Spoken Recording'. You may of course prefer to just browse the shelves and select a large print book or audio book at any of our branch libraries!
We have eBooks and eAudiobooks which can be useful and fun for everyone and you can also read our digital magazines, search newspapers and get free online learning.
Many Videos and DVDs have subtitles for deaf and hard of hearing people. These subtitles present speech in text form in the source language of the video. They assume that the viewer cannot hear so they also include important non-speaking audio sound effects and speaker identification. You can find these on our catalogue using the Advanced search with keywords subtitled hearing. View a list of hearing subtitled DVDs and videos in our catalogue.
Assistive technologies can help people with disabilities, people whose first language is not English and anyone who finds reading difficult. Jaws version 14 is a screen reader programme for blind people using text to speech or Braille. MAGic version 13 is magnification software for people with low vision, which is used in conjunction with JAWS software. A speech option is available. Kurtzweil 3000 version 13 is text to speech software which also has facility to assist learners of English and helps fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, writing, study skills.
These are available at the Central Library, Ilac Centre, Cabra and Pearse St Libraries.
The use of books for therapeutic purposes is known as 'bibliotherapy’. Self-help books have been used in this way for many years and are now being recommended as a means of providing psychological therapy for people experiencing emotional and psychological difficulties. Browse the list of 42 recommended bibliotherapy books in our catalogue
Dublin Age Friendly City
We have many events and activities that support Dublin Age Friendly City. You can check our calendar of events for both children's events and teen events. Older people may be interested in our book clubs, film clubs, knitting groups, creative writing groups, exhibitions and lectures. Check your local branch library for the range of services and activities provided.
In 2016 Raheny Library received a charter from Age Friendly Ireland declaring the library an Age Friendly organisation.
If you have any mobility problems you might like to use a transit wheelchair. You will find these in the Central Library Ilac Centre, Cabra, Raheny, Coolock, Walkinstown and Pearse Street Libraries.
Mobile Services, Home Delivery Service and Block Loans
Our Mobile Libraries visit areas that do not have a branch library and some communities and schools across the city.
Mobile library vans have wheelchair access and a hearing loop installed.
We provide a library service to some people who cannot leave their homes. We can also give a block loan to communities across the city. Read more about our home delivery service.
Library Access Programme – the Built Environment
In the past few years we have a Library Access Improvement Programme to make sure that our branch libraries are accessible and comfortable for everyone.
Major improvement works have been completed in libraries: Drumcondra; Pembroke, Rathmines and Ballyfermot. Works are progressing in Kevin Street. These works include:
- A ramp and internal lifts where necessary
- New furniture
- Full repainting, using high contrast colours
- Audio-induction loop systems
- New shelving and floor lay-outs
- Accessible public restroom facilities
In recognition of our commitment to providing an accessible service Dublin City Library & Archive. Pearse Street and Cabra Library won NDA Excellence through Accessibility Awards in 2006 and 2010. Dublin City Public Libraries has been nominated Ability Company and won 02 Ability Awards 2007 and 2010.