Dublin City Public Libraries has a wide range of services providing for and embracing the ethnic diversity of our library users.
Books and Multimedia
We have books, films, newspapers and magazines in many languages.
All libraries have children's picture books in different languages and some books in two languages.
Adult fiction books in a variety of languages are held in the following libraries:
- Ballymun Library - French, German, Polish, Spanish
- Cabra Library - Polish, French, Spanish
- Central Library, Ilac Centre - Arabic, Chinese, Czech, French, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Urdu
- Finglas Library - Polish
- Pearse Street Library - Polish, Spanish
- Phibsboro' Library - French, German, Polish, Russian, Spanish
- Rathmines Library - Chinese, French, Mandarin Chinese, Polish, Russian, Spanish
Most, but not all, form part of what is termed the 'Bright Books Collection'. Please ask library staff if you need help finding books in your preferred language.
To search our online catalogue for books in your language, use the 'keyword search' and enter your language and the word “literature” e.g. Polish Literature
The Rosetta Collection gathers a selection of contemporary Irish writing translated into thirty languages. It includes important donations from the Ireland Literature Exchange. It includes both household names and lesser known authors, and makes Irish writing available to a world audience in Dublin. The Central Library’s World Books collection is available to readers in all public libraries in Ireland.
The Moldovan Community in Ireland donated dozens of books in Moldovan to the World Books collection in the Central Library. The collection has fiction and non-fiction books for children and adults. This donation makes the books available to over 5,000 Moldovans currently residing in Ireland, either by borrowing the books directly from Dublin City Public Libraries or from their local library.
Bulgarian Favourite Books
The Bulgarian Embassy donated best-loved Bulgarian books to the World Books Collection in the Central Library.
This is a collection of contemporary German fiction books for adults and children. To view this collection, search of the catalogue using the words "Goethe Institute Collection". View the Goethe Collection in our catalogue.
All books are held in the Central Library.
Newspapers and Magazines
The Central Library has newspapers and magazines in different languages including Bunte, Corriere della Sera, Jeune Afrique Intelligent, Paris Match, Le Monde, El Pais (Sunday edition).
Visit our web guide to view a list of international newspapers online.
All libraries have DVDs which can be viewed in a variety of languages.
We offer online learning, language learning, computer skills and support for business and careers.
You can learn a language online or at the language learning facilities available at the Open Learning Centre, in the Central Library and in several branch libraries. You can earn a certificate when you complete of 50 hours of study. Our libraries have language courses on CD that you can borrow and dictionaries that you can use in the library.
Our Conversation exchanges are a way to practice speaking a language with native speakers in an informal setting.
- The Central Library holds conversation exchanges in Italian, Spanish, French, German, Irish, Japanese and Russian and an English conversation session on Fridays 3.30-4.45pm
- Cabra Library holds conversation exchanges in Spanish, French and Irish
- Pearse Street Library holds beginners Portuguese and Spanish/English conversation exchanges
- Raheny Library holds conversation exchanges in Spanish, French and Irish
Computers and the Internet
We have free broadband and wireless Internet access in all our libraries. We have Microsoft Office, Excel, Access and PowerPoint on all our computers.
Library computers support the following languages:
English (English, Ireland as default), Arabic (Egypt), Arabic (Saudi Arabian), Arabic (U.A.E.), Belarusian, Bosnian (Latin, Bosnia and Herzegovina), Bulgarian, Chinese (Taiwan), Chinese (PRC), Croatian, Czech, Dutch (Netherlands), Estonian, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Latvian, Malay (Malaysia), Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Romanian, Russian, Sanskrit, Serbian (Cyrillic), Slovak, Spanish (International Sort), Spanish (Traditional Sort), Swahili, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese.
Our Web guide groups recommended websites by subject, for example:
Events and Exhibitions
Our libraries hold many exhibitions and events. Some feature different cultures, in particular those events and exhibitions in the Central Library. Libraries actively encourage the celebration of other cultures. Examples of recent events and exhibitions include Africa Day celebrations, Estonian National Day, The Holocaust Education Trust Ireland exhibition: Fighting for Dignity, Experience Japan Week, Traveller Education Week and African Story-telling.
View a list of current events
Guide to City Centre Services
A Dublin city directory and map of essential services for migrants is now available from all Dublin City libraries and Citizens Information Service (CIS) in O’Connell Street. The 'Find Your Way' directory is currently available in five languages – English, Polish, Chinese, Russian and French. It contains contact details of migrant organisations, community groups and information on education, employment and social welfare. Find Your Way is also available online.