libraries & archive news

North Strand Bombing, 75th Anniversary

Damaged buildingOn the eve of the 75th Anniversary of the North Strand Bombings, a set of files relating to compensation claims for property that was damaged or destroyed by the bombings  have been catalogued by Dublin City Archives and  can now be accessed by members of the public for the first time in our Reading Room.

The North Strand Bombing occurred on the night of 30/31 May 1941, when four bombs were dropped over the North Strand area by German aircraft. The impact of the bombing was strongly felt in the city of Dublin as it resulted in the death of 28 people, injured over 90 and caused the destruction of 300 houses.

A Poem for Ireland: The Golden Years of the Emerald Isle

A Poem for Ireland logoThanks to Róisín Finnegan who has given us permission to publish her winning entry in the national competition ‘A poem for Ireland’, which was part of the commemoration events for Ireland 2016. Róisín's poem shows a vivid and mature voice significant in this commemorative year.  We see Róisín Dubh, an ancient figure moving about in modern day Ireland.  There are elements of nostalgic patriotism mixed with modern references in a gentle and natural order which are all the more lovely as they are inspired by a teenager in 2016.

Read the poem in full:

Certificate in Local Studies

Cert in Local StudiesPlease Note: The Lord Mayor's certificate course in Local Studies is now full. Places are still available on the Lord Mayor's certificate course in Oral History (27 August 2016)

The Lord Mayor’s Certificate in Local Studies will be offered at Dublin City Library and Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, D2 on Tuesday evenings from September 2016 until April 2017. The course consists of 85 hours part time and will equip participants with skills in researching local history and in the preparation of a dissertation. The closing date for course applications is 5.00 pm on Friday 2 September 2016. (fully booked).  Dublin City Council offers two Bursaries for candidates taking the Lord Mayor’s Certificate in Local Studies, and closing date for bursary applications is 5.00 pm on Friday 26 August 2016.  For printed course brochure please email


Certificate in Oral History

Certificate in Oral HistoryThe Lord Mayor’s Certificate in Oral History will be offered at Dublin City Library and Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2 on Monday evenings from September 2016 until April 2017. The course consists of 70 hours part time and the course will equip participants with skills in the preparation and conduct of oral history projects, including best practice in the collection and archiving of oral history interviews. 

The closing date for course applications is 5.00 p.m. on Friday 16 September 2016.

Dublin City Libraries winner in A Poem for Ireland Competition

Róisín FinneganDublin City Public Libraries’ winning entry in the National Competition of ‘A poem for Ireland’ was written by Róisín Finnegan, 3rd year student from The Holy Faith Secondary School in Clontarf. It was submitted by teacher, Muireann O’Connell to Senior Librarian, Pamela Farrell at Raheny Library in March.

Right: Róisín Finnegan, winner.

Login and Add Your Email Address

Mobile phonePlease provide us with your email address in order to:

  • receive a courtesy reminder that your books are due back three days before they are due,
  • receive a courtesy reminder when your library membership is up for renewal, and
  • be notified by email when an item you requested is ready for collection.

To do so, login to your library account and select 'edit account'. Enter (or amend) your email address and select the option 'I would like to receive my notices from the library by email'. Done!

Cannot login to your account? Do not have a valid PIN? Then you'll will need to ask a staff member to add your email address for you.

Central Library Travel Survey

BicyclesWe are currently undertaking a short travel survey among visitors to the Central Library, Ilac Centre. We are keen to hear how you travel to the library and would appreciate if you could spare a few minutes to complete this very short survey.

All respondents can enter into a draw to win a €100 One4All voucher!

The survey is now closed (6 May 2016)

All survey results and contact details will be treated as strictly confidential and will not be used for any other purpose.  The survey will close on Friday 6th of May 2016.
Please note that this survey is strictly for visitors over 18 years of age.

Borrow a Home Energy Saving Kit!

Energy KitHomeowners are now able to borrow some practical tools to help them save energy from a number of our branch libraries. The Home Energy Saving Kits have been developed by Dublin's energy agency Codema and contain six practical tools to help the public save energy at home. The kits are available to borrow free of charge in Ballymun, Cabra, Coolock and Raheny on the northside; Rathmines, RingsendTerenure and Walkinstown on the southside; and the Central Library (Ilac Centre) and Pearse Street in the city centre.

Tweet Day 2016 in Dublin City Public Libraries & Archive

Tweet day at Drumcondra LibraryOn 2 March 2016 we joined a nationwide campaign to highlight services provided by City and County Councils using the hashtags #ourcouncilday and #ÁrLáSaChomhairle on Twitter.

Take a look at a typical day at Dublin City Public Libraries and Archive!


Our Mobile Libraries get a New Look!

Mobile VanKeep an eye out for our new livery, both our Mobile Libraries have been given a new look.

One features the Two Cities, One Book2016 selected title, Fallen by Lia Mills, which we hope many of you will be reading this coming April.  This year our 'One City, One Book' reading initiative becomes 'Two Cities, One Book', as for the first time Dublin teams up with Belfast with readers in both cities reading Fallen. A programme of events in both cities will provide opportunities to engage with the book in a range of contexts.