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Healthy Ireland at Your Library

Healthy IrelandNew: Healthy Ireland at Your Library service is now available in all local libraries across the country. The programme will enhance current health information in public libraries by providing new books, e-books, e-audiobooks and e-magazines on health and wellbeing, a wider selection of health information for all users, and through a service delivered by trained library staff for this programme. Look out for special books collection, online health resources, programme of events from January to March with a focus on physical health, mental health and health literacy.

  • Health information - Guidance on access to information
  • Books on Health and Wellbeing: large collection of books on health and wellbeing
  • Online Health Information: eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines
  • Programmes and Events: talks, discussions and workshops relating to various health and wellbeing topics

Strategy for Public Libraries, Public Consultation

Minister RingThe Minister for Rural and Community Development, Mr. Michael Ring T.D., is seeking submissions in respect of the Government's new Public Library Strategy 2018-2022. The new Strategy will underpin the continued development of the public library system over the next five years and position the public library at the centre of the community, meeting the information, learning and cultural needs of individuals and communities. The new Strategy is being developed by the Department of Rural and Community Development, the Local Government Management Agency and Local Authorities.

Right: Minister Ring was joined by First Year students from Sandford Park School at Pearse Street Library in Dublin. (View larger image)

View an overview of the Strategy and relevant consultation documents

Irish Ramblers Club Archive

IRC badgeThe Irish Ramblers Club Archive is the newest addition to the Dublin City Sports Archives.  Since 2010, Dublin City Sports Archive has acquired material in written, visual and oral form, relating to a variety of sports and leisure activities from hockey, boxing, soccer, cycling, swimming and golf. The formal transfer of Irish Ramblers Club Archive was marked by a reception at Dublin City Library and Archive on 23rd November 2017, which included a talk by club historian Jack Morrissey and a poetry reading by first club president Sean Quinn.

The Irish Ramblers Club was founded in 1964 with the mission statement, “to explore, enjoy and protect our beautiful countryside”.  It has had 4000 members over a 50 year period and organises over 400 hikes per annum. The Club from the outset has taken a very proactive interest in conservation of mountains and forests of Dublin & Wicklow and has contributed to national issues – such as national parks, environmental awareness, rights of way and the development of the Wicklow Way.

Christmas Holiday Arrangements

christmas lightsDublin City Public Libraries will be closed from Saturday 23 December 2017 to Monday 1 January 2018 (inclusive). Branch libraries will re-open on Tuesday 2 January.

Seasons greetings to all!

Online Renewals

You may renew items on loan if they are not required by another library member. Your item record will indicate the current return date, the renewal date, and any fines outstanding on the item on display.

Mobile Library Service Cancellation, 5 December

Mobile libraryDublin City Public Libraries regrets that the Mobile Library is unable to provide a service to Collinswood and Clongriffin on Tuesday 5 December.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

For further information and for assistance, please call us on 8691415.

Exhibition to Legendary Footballer and Manager Patrick O’Connell

Patrick O'ConnellOn Friday 1st December 2017, Ardmhéara Mícheál MacDonncha launched an exhibition to Patrick O’Connell, the first Irishman to captain Manchester Utd and manager of FC Barcelona. This new exhibition will be on display at Dublin City Library and Archive until Friday 20th December 2017.

Patrick was born in Drumcondra, Dublin in 1887. He started his professional career with Belfast Celtic FC in 1908 and moved to Sheffield Wednesday FC in 1909.  During the British Home Championship of 1913/14 he captained the first Ireland team to beat England on English soil and also led the Irish to victory over Wales in Wrexham. In the final game against Scotland at Windsor Park, Patrick played the entire second half with a broken arm as Ireland clinched their first ever football title.

Dublin in the Coming Times

Dublin in Coming TimesFighting Words launched their new book, Dublin In The Coming Times on Wednesday 29 November 2017 in Dublin City Library & Archive to a packed audience of aspiring and established writers and illustrators.  The book features a selection of short stories, poetry and prose from members of Dublin City Libraries Creative Writing groups alongside writings from well known established authors.

In his 1893 collection, ‘The Rose’, WB Yeats included the poem ‘To Ireland in the Coming Times’. Borrowing its title, Dublin in the Coming Times was a free, citywide programme of creative writing in which Dubliners, young and old, created their own stories and poems as they looked to the future of their city.

Reading Room maintenance works

Reading RoomDue to essential maintenance works, we regret that there will be restricted services and reduced seating (including study spaces) in the Reading Room, Dublin City Library & Archive from Monday 20th November until mid-December.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Please note that as part of these works, the Reading Room will be closed to the public on Saturday 25th November.

New Library Mobile App!

Mobile appWe are delighted to announce the availability of our free mobile app for Android and iOS devices. With our library app on your mobile device you'll have a quick and convenient way of

  • searching the library catalogue,
  • accessing and managing your library account,
  • reserving and renewing items,
  • locating your nearest branch library and its opening hours,
  • viewing a list of upcoming library events,
  • downloading eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, eComics and eGraphic novels, and
  • accessing a wealth of online resources courtesy of your library membership.

The app is available from both the Google Play store and the iTunes App store.  So get downloading now!

Dublin City Writers in Residence

WritingDublin City Council is pleased to announce that Declan Burke and Elizabeth Reapy have been appointed as Dublin City Writers in Residence. The residency runs for the period October 2017 to September 2018 and will be managed by Dublin City Public Libraries through the Director of Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, and will be supported in kind by The Irish Writers’ Centre.

The residency will allow time for the writers’ own work, in addition to engagement and interaction with both the general public and with groups associated with Dublin City Public Library branch libraries across the city.

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