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Welcome Message

Dublin City Librarian, Margaret Hayes

Welcome to the Dublin City Public Libraries and Archive services website. I hope you will find it both informative and useful.

In particular I hope that the information on the City collections and services will encourage you to visit the City Centre Library at the Ilac Centre or your local library in order to avail of the wide range of library based extension and out-reach events and programmes. You will find a full list of services here.

I remind you that all our services are provided free of charge in support of opportunities for Life Long learning, Literature and Reading, Information and Enterprise together with Heritage and Cultural services and programmes.

Dublin was proud to announce in July 2010 that it had become the fourth UNESCO Cities of Literature, joining Edinburgh, Melbourne and Iowa in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. The Cities of Literature now number 20. An office of Dublin UNESCO City of Literature is directed and supported by staff of Dublin City Public Libraries under the chairmanship of the Dublin City Librarian. You can now visit the Dublin UNESCO City of Literature website.

IN 2016 Dublin City Council assumed full ownership of the  International Dublin Literary Award. It remains a key pillar of the City's annual cultural programme and international reach.

I would like to refer you to details of our development plancapital building programme and to changes announced in the 1999 Finance Bill making it possible to assist current and future building programmes through a tax incentive scheme.

Margaret Hayes
Dublin City Librarian
August 2016


"A capital city with dynamic, relevant and responsive 21st century public library and archive services for residents, workers, students and visitors to Dublin."


"We will maximise opportunity for all - individuals and communities - through guided access to ideas, learning, literature, information and heritage resources supported by cultural programming."


"We will create a warm and inclusive knowledge network with client-centric services delivered by friendly, well trained staff. We will use all media, together with real and virtual spaces, to deliver optimum services. Libraries will be free, fun and easy to use."

Development Plan

In the second decade of the 21st century, this plan forms part of a shared vision for Dublin, for the creation of an attractive, vibrant and inclusive city, with a renewed emphasis on creativity, sustainability and well-being. It seeks to position the city’s public library and archive services as central to the delivery of a collaborative strategy for a better quality of economic, social and cultural life for the city’s residents, workers, students and visitors. Read more and download the Development Plan.

Management Team

The Library Management Team consists of the City Librarian, Margaret Hayes, Deputy City Librarian, Brendan Teeling, ten divisional librarians and the City Archivist. View the full management team...


Dublin City Public Libraries has issued policy documents in the area of stock collection, acquisition and development, acceptable usage, and membership. View policy documents...

ChartStatistics and Surveys

View the latest statistics and surveys on usage of your library service. Dublin City Libraries is regularly engaged in seeking the opinion of users and non-users alike in regards to the services it provides. This information helps us to ensure the continued relevance of our library service for our ever-expanding client base. View the statistical data and results of our various customer research initiatives...

Capital Building Programme

Capital Building ProgrammeDetails of the exciting new project for Dublin city: the Parnell Square Cultural Quarter were announced in April 2013. The development will involve the construction of a new and innovative Dublin City Library. A project to refurbish and conserve Kevin Street library commenced in 2013. Ballyfermot Library re-opened following refurbishment works in April 2013. More information on the capital building programme...


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