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English Exam Materials at the Open Learning Centre

IELTS 1Are you studying for your IELTS exams or maybe for the Cambridge First Certificate or Advanced exams? If so, you can avail of study materials available here at the Open Learning Centre. We have books, CD-Roms and audio CDs for use here in the library.

For example, regarding the IELTS exam, we have a series of books designed to support students of this Cambridge examination. The series Cambridge IELTS 1 to 7 is very useful as it contains practice tests for each module of the exam, ie. Listening, Academic Reading, General Reading, Academic Writing, General Writing and Speaking. Other titles include IELTS Practice tests with key and IELTS Testbuilder 1. Similar books are offered for the Cambridge First Certificate and Advanced Certificate. For example, FCE1, 2 and 3 and CAE 1, 2 and 3. We also have books and CDs for the TOEIC and TOEFL exams.

These materials are for reference only in the Open Learning Centre. If you want to use the Cds, you can reserve a session on a computer here and practice your skills.

Information on all the English as a Second Official Language (ESOL) Exams is available from the Exam English website.

JSTOR at Dublin City Public Libraries

JSTORJSTOR is a comprehensive online resource that spans a variety of topics. Access to The Ireland Collection – JSTOR can be accessed at Dublin City Public Libraries free of charge. The Ireland Collection is an interdisciplinary collection of journals and other materials. The Collection contains titles and resources across the arts, humanities, and sciences in disciplines such as music, art, history, literature, archaeology, mathematics, and biology. Materials span from the 1780s to the present.

Find out more about this and other research materials available at Dublin City Public Libraries

Whether you want to satisfy your curiosities, increase your content knowledge or for personal research the information is at your fingertips. For example you can find a copy of every Dublin Historical Record article ever written since 1834. Students can access further information to assist their studies. Researchers who may not have access to journal databases will find a wealth of information available.

How to be everything?

You can find out how to do and be lots of things in the library.

Actors, gardeners, jugglers, farmers, knitters, bakers, candlestick makers, secretaries or being idle. Staying single or looking for partners?

Jobs for the girls!

Dublin City of Science 2012 logoInternational Women's Day logoApart from a little maths, the nearest thing to science I ever studied in school was Domestic Science. While knowing how to cook and sew is undoubtedly very useful, I am painfully aware that huge swathes of knowledge are beyond my comprehension and always will be.

There is always a chance I can answer a literature question on University Challenge, maybe even the odd music or film question, but science subjects are a complete mystery. Don't even understand the questions most of the time.

Yes, my knowledge of science is based entirely on what I have learned from watching 'The Big Bang Theory' - and while I have great sympathy for that cat in the box, I'm not sure I really get it.

Student of Open Learning Centre (OLC) wins Léargas Language Learner of the Year Award

Paddy receiving his Award - photo courtesy of LéargasOLC user Paddy O’Connor was awarded a Léargas Language Learner of the Year Award at a ceremony at All Hallows College on September 26th, which was the tenth anniversary of the European Day of Languages. Four European Language Label Awards were presented to projects promoting language learning as well as four Language Learner of the Year Awards. The purpose of this award was to recognise outstanding achievement by individual language learners. Paddy was nominated by the Open Learning Centre.

Commit to be fit in 2012

Walk away the Winter blues!

Walking in IrelandHave you overindulged over the festive season. Do you feel lethargic and tired? Are you afraid to step up on the scales. Has Operation Transformation (TV Programme) frightened you into keeping fit? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, fear not! Dublin Public Libraries can help!

Dublin City Public Libraries have a very comprehensive collection of maps and guides with interesting walks, hikes, and trails contained within: encouraged yet to venture out in the fresh air, and explore and enjoy the countryside?

Suss out any of our 21 library service points spread across the city and checkout these walks. Included are: 

  • Best Walks in Ireland by David Marshall (2006)
  • Glasnevin Cemetery: A historic Walk (1997)
  • Leisure Walks Near Dublin by Joss Lynam (2004)
  • Literary Walking Tours of Gothic Dublin by Brian J Showers (2006)
  • Lonely Planet Hill Walking in Ireland (2010)
  • Secret Dublin. 25 original walks exploring the hidden city by Pat Liddy (2001)
  • Walks Around Medieval Dublin by Dublin City Council (2004)
  • A Walk Across Ireland from Coast to Coast including the Royal Canal Way by John Mulligan (2006)

back to school

Autumn’s coming up, and with it starts the rounds of evening classes and part-time study. Alongside individual college brochures, each library branch holds guides to full time, part time, and online day and evening courses to help you choose one that suits. Returning to study can be rewarding – learning a new skill, a language, obtaining a qualification. It can also be daunting, particularly if it’s a long time since you were last in a classroom;  but there are lots of good guides available to help get you up and running, and freshen up your study skills.

The Good Study Guide by Andrew NorthedgeThe Good study guide by Andrew Northedge, from the Open University, is well laid out, written in clear language, and full of tips on time management, reading and note-taking skills, and essay writing.

Conversation Exchange at the Central Library

Conversation ExchangeIf you are currently learning a language or want to maintain your speaking skills in a particular language,  then come along to one of our conversation exchange sessions in the Central Library.

A Star is Born

Star Awards Winner 2011 Just to let you know that the Open Learning Centre won a Star Award in the "learning for work" category at the recent award ceremony. These awards are organised by Aontas (the voice of adult learning) to "outstanding learner-centred adult and community education projects." This year there were 84 nominations in various categories of Adult learning organisations, community and voluntary groups, the business sector and statutory bodies.

Learning Opportunities at the Open Learning Centre

Want to learn a new language or just brush up on your school French? Or would you like to improve your computer skills or acquire new ones? If so, we at the Open Learning Centre can help you. We're located in the Central Library in the Ilac Centre and provide free self-learning courses in both language and computer skills.

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