Libraries

Vanishing Dublin

Wood QuayView the 'Vanishing Dublin' Image Gallery Collection. Fifteen images displayed per page. When there, click on first image to start slideshow of images on page, then select pages 2,3, etc., and do same. Options with slideshow: pause, view image details, download original. Selecting text link beneath thumbnail in gallery links to image details. Many of the image details pages contain Google street view image of location beneath photograph for comparison with today.

'For Dublin keeps on changing, 
And nothing stays the same…' 
Pete St John, Dublin in the Rare Oul Times

Treasures from the Collections

W.B. Yeats poemThe Special Collections of Dublin City Public Libraries contains a wealth of rare and beautiful material spanning centuries of Dublin’s history. The collections encompass a wide range of material; from the first Dublin newspapers to hand-tinted maps, from 18th century manuscripts to early editions of the works of Jonathan Swift, from propaganda leaflets of the Civil War period to exquisite examples of the craft of Dublin bookbinders. Highlights include a unique Yeats collection and the complete library of the historian John T. Gilbert.

Capital Letters

The Happy PrinceAs a city, Dublin has always punched well above its weight in terms of the number and quality of the writers it has produced. Its literary heritage is world famous and was recognised in 2010 when it was awarded the status of City of Literature by UNESCO. It has also always had more than its fair share of enthusiastic and sometimes critical readers, a group which has been well served by the public library service of Dublin since its foundation in the late 19th century.

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