Library Communiversity - NUIM course at Coolock Library 2014

NUIM logoDublin City Public Libraries, in association with the National University of Ireland, Maynooth (NUIM) and Northside Partnership, are annually running a 20-week four-module course, each module of 5 weeks duration and each covering a general humanities subject.

New Service - Language Learning Online

Please Note: Transparent Languages Online, has now been replaced by Mango Languages (12 February 2016).

Transparent Language OnlineDublin City Public Libraries is pleased to announce a free online language learning service, Transparent Languages Online from 1st October 2013. This free learning system offers:

Unlimited access to courses in over 80 supported languages
English learning from 24 languages
English learning for Beginner and Intermediate levels
Learn to listen, speak, read and write
Language learning on the go with Byki Mobile
You can register for the service using your library borrower number located on your library card. You will then be asked to create a profile on the TLO website with username and password. This will enable you to track your own learning and log on from PCs in branch libraries, from home and on mobile devices (laptops, tablets, smartphones).


Euro signSo here we are post-boom, with lighter pockets and tighter belts. What to do? Drop in to your local  library for a few ideas on how to make a little go a long way.

Firstly, save yourself the cost of visiting a financial advisor by taking out Andrew McCann’s Know your rights: a practical guide to living in challenging times. It explains taxation, social welfare, redundancy, state pensions, illness and disability, inheritance – a mine of hugely useful information on your rights and entitlements.

Next, learn how to reduce your outgoings with Saving energy in the home, part of the popular Teach Yourself series, which shows you how to cut your energy bills in the house, garden, and on the road.

Library Communiversity - NUIM course at Coolock library 2013

Dublin City Public Libraries, in association with the National University of Ireland, Maynooth (NUIM), the Library Council of Ireland and Northside Partnership, is currently running a 20-week four-module course, each module of 5 weeks duration and each covering a general humanities subject. The modules are:

'Help My Kid Learn' Website

A new website for parents called Help My Kid Learn was launched recently by the Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D. This simple website brings together relevant information for parents and the wider community to support children’s literacy and numeracy development.

Help My Kid Learn

Autumn nights: start a new hobby

Summer is over, such as it was: nights are closing in again, and it’s a good time to find something new to do. If you’re thinking of taking up a new hobby or pastime, the Wolfhound Guide to Evening Classes can point you in the right direction for anything from accordions to zumba. But if you prefer the teach-yourself approach, and don’t want the hassle of travelling in the lashing rain to a formal class, your local library can give you plenty of ideas for new hobbies that can be done at home, online, or used to practice in between evening classes.


New Improved Version of Tell Me More

Tell me more screenA new version of Tell Me More Campus, the language learning program, has arrived here at the Open Learning Centre. This program, first introduced here in November 2008, teaches six languages through the medium of 19 interface languages. The six languages are: English, French, Spanish, Italian, German and Dutch. Included in the interface languages are: Portuguese, Slovak, Polish, Russian, Chinese and Korean as well as the major Western European languages.

 Students can work on their speaking, listening, reading, writing and grammar skills. This new version 10 includes 40 different types of activities to keep the student engaged and motivated. There's also a section with lessons based on Euronews videos. These contain activities based on a recent news item under the following headings; Politics, Economics, Science and Culture. There are also workshops which concentrate on a particular skill of your choice - you can choose from a range of 50 activities such as a dialogue or dubbing a film etc.

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?