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Harvest by Jim Crace Wins the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

Harvest'Harvest' by British author Jim Crace is the winner of the 2015 International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award!

The winning novel was chosen from a total of 142 titles, nominated by libraries in 114 cities in 39 countries. It was first published in the UK by Picador. The shortlist of ten novels, as chosen by an international panel of judges, included novels from five continents. Jim Crace is the fourth British author to win the International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award in its 20 year history.

'Harvest' was nominated by Universitätsbibliothek Bern, Switzerland; and by LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library, Tallahassee, USA.

Rare and Dramatic First-Hand Account of 1916 Rising

McDermid letterDublin City Council’s Public Library Service organised a preview of a rare eye-witness account of the outbreak of the 1916 Easter Rising at The Mansion House, Dawson Street today (Wednesday, 27th May 2015).

The letter was written by Elsie McDermid, a popular opera singer of the era. She was in Dublin to perform in Gilbert and Sullivan Shows at Dublin’s Gaiety Theatre with the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company. However, the performances were cancelled as a result of the dramatic outbreak of the Easter Rising on Monday 24th April 1916. Elsie wrote a 26-page letter home to her mother in England dated 25th April in which she related, among other things, the digging of trenches in St. Stephen’s Green and eye-witness accounts of the first casualties on the streets of Dublin.

Print - Scan - Copy. Improved Printing Service Rolling Out!

SurfboxDublin City Public Libraries & Archive is pleased to announce the final roll-out of the Surfbox print service. Available in Cabra Library and the Central Library since May 2014, the service has now been extended to Ballyfermot, Ballymun, Coolock, Donaghmede, Finglas, Pearse Street, Raheny, and Rathmines branch libraries. (Originally posted 8 May, updated: 27 May)

In addition to using a library computer to have your document printed, you can now email the job, upload it to the web or use the HP ePrint app on your phone or tablet. You will receive a “Privacy Release Code” which you can enter on the touch screen of the Print Server to retrieve your documents.

Library Blog and Image Galleries Have Moved!

BlogPlease note that the Library Blog and Image Galleries have relocated to this, our main website, and that the old location is no longer being updated.

All the content of the old site has been migrated, your valuable contributions by way of comments included. We do welcome your contributions on our blog stories and on the many photographs and other images in our Galleries; in so doing you can help in a big way by adding to the record already present or where the information is sparse or requires correction. We also welcome your memories and reminiscences regarding the subject matter of individual photographs.

Bookmark this handy URL for the library blog - http://dublincity.ie/library-blog

Bookmark this handy URL for the Image Galleries - http://dublincity.ie/library-galleries

Computer/Internet Access Affected, Coolock Library 26 May

Coolock Library[Update, 26th May, 16:30. Computer and Internet access available once more, Surfbox installed.]

To facilitate Surfbox printer installation, there is no computer access in Coolock Library on Tuesday, 26th May. Internet access will be via Wi-Fi only. Our sincere apologies.

Print - Scan - Copy. Improved Printing Service.

In addition to using a library computer to have your document printed, the Surfbox service allows you to email the job, upload it to the web or use the HP ePrint app on your phone or tablet. Read more about the Surfbox printing service.

Computer/Internet Access Affected, Finglas Library, 21 May

Finglas LibraryTo facilitate Surfbox printer installation, there is no computer access in Finglas Library on Thursday, 21st May. Internet access is via Wi-Fi only. Our sincere apologies.

Print - Scan - Copy. Improved Printing Service.

In addition to using a library computer to have your document printed, the Surfbox service allows you to email the job, upload it to the web or use the HP ePrint app on your phone or tablet. Read more about the Surfbox printing service.

Contact Finglas Library.

Computer/Internet Access Affected, Ballymun Library, 21 May

Ballymun LibraryTo facilitate Surfbox printer installation, there is no computer access in Ballymun Library on Thursday, 21st May from 1.00pm. Internet access will be via Wi-Fi only. Our sincere apologies.

Print - Scan - Copy. Improved Printing Service.

In addition to using a library computer to have your document printed, the Surfbox service allows you to email the job, upload it to the web or use the HP ePrint app on your phone or tablet. Read more about the Surfbox printing service.

New Database Site Now Available

databases.dublincity.ieA new website allowing for the cross-searching of a number of databases produced by Dublin City Public Libraries & Archive can now be accessed online.

databases.dublincity.ie replaces dublinheritage.ie as the point of access to a variety of databases, which heretofore could only be searched individually. In addition to those databases which were available on dublinheritage.ie have been added the Cemetery Burial Registers and the Dublin Directory 1647-1708. [First posted 29th April 2015]

New! Naxos Online Music Library

Naxos Music Library

What type of music do you like... classical, folk jazz, world? At the click of a mouse, you can now listen to your favourite pieces on demand or find out about your favourite composer. Naxos Online Music Library will allow you to do just that.

Spring Awakening

Learning BusSpring Awakening on Thursday 16th April is the inaugural event for Culture Dublin 1 - an organisation dedicated to promoting awareness and engagement with cultural institutions in the Dublin 1 postcode.

Spring Awakening will be a day of open culture, where you can step inside some of Dublin's most venerated buildings or partake in a free walking tour to celebrate this area of the city centre. Take an Argentine tango lesson, learn about Georgian architecture, get re-acquainted with Joyce or learn how to write a novel.

Drop in to the Dublin City Public Libraries' Learning Bus, parked outside the Hugh Lane Gallery from 6pm - 8pm to talk about plans for the new City Library at Parnell Square North. Looking forward to seeing you there! 

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