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Writer in Residence Position Available!

PenDublin City Council invites applications for a Writer in Residence, as part of its Culture and Creativity Plan under the Creative Ireland programme.  The residency runs for the period October 2017 to September 2018 and will be managed by the City's Library Service through the Director of Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, and will be supported in kind by Irish Writers Centre.

The residency is open to published writers working in any genre of fiction for adults and attracts a fee of €10,000 per annum.

Dublin Festival of History 2017

Dublin Festival of History 2017The fifth annual Dublin Festival of History will take place from 29th September to 14th October in Dublin Castle and various venues across the city.  With over 90 free history events, this year's programme is the biggest and best yet! This specialist festival features Irish and international historians speaking on a myriad of historical topics as part of a jam-packed programme including lectures and discussions, film, exhibitions and walks. This year's speakers include Chris Patten, Janina Ramirez, Ian Kershaw and Robert Service. And this year the Festival takes over Richmond Barracks on 7th October for a history day for children; expect re-enactors, dressing-up, pop-up talks, craft, storytelling and lots to capture the interest of the young history lover.

Learning with Your Library this Autumn

Read, Learn, GrowAutumn is the perfect time to turn over a new leaf and try something new!

Why not start learning a new language, try a university course, develop your digital skills for work and/or leisure, pick from over 400 free online courses or enrol for the Lord Mayor's Certificate in Oral History. Here are just some of the learning opportunities available at your library this Autumn.

Fun at the Rose Festival 2017

Rose FestivalWe had lots of fun in the library tent and mobile library at the Rose Festival in St Anne's Park Raheny on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 July 2017. It was a busy day full of books and reading themed events, arts and crafts and performance.  Ruth Concannon, Reader in Residence at Dublin City Public Libraries read stories to younger children in our library tent and Book Advisors Patricia and Catherine enjoyed chatting to children about what they like to read and offering some book recommendations.  Lots of young readers dropped by to find out about the best summer reads and sign up for our Summer Stars Reading challenge.

Mobile Library Service - August Closure

Mobile libraryThe Mobile Library service does not operate during the month of August. This allows essential maintenance and safety checks to be carried out on our vehicles, and for us to provide a service with the minimum of disruption during the other 11 months of the year.

Items may be renewed online or by telephone (Tel. 01 8691415, Monday – Friday, 9.30am - 1pm and 1.45pm - 5pm). Items may also be returned to any branch of Dublin City Public Libraries.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Highlights from the International Dublin Literary Award 2017

José Eduardo AgualusaOn Wednesday, 21 June author Jose Eduardo Agualusa and translator Daniel Hahn were announced as winners of the 2017 International DUBLIN Literary Award for Agualusa's novel A General Theory of Oblivion.  The Award is organised and sponsored by Dublin City Council and at €100,000 is the world's largest prize for a single novel published in English. Uniquely, the Award receives its nominations from public libraries in cities around the globe and recognises both writers and translators.

In case you missed it we have photos and videos from the Award ceremony.

August Public Holiday Arrangements

beach sceneDublin City Public Libraries will be closed from Saturday 5 to Monday 7 August (inclusive). Branch libraries will re-open on Tuesday 8 August 2017.

Right: Image from our 1953 August Bank Holiday Weekend Image Gallery.

Online Renewals

Communiversity - free university course at your library

StudyingOn Thursday 29th June 2017 the participants of the Communiversity  programme took a trip out to the University of Ireland at Maynooth to receive their well earned certificates in the august surrounds of Renehan Hall.

The Communiversity initiative is a free university course held locally in libraries. The Dublin City Public Libraries branches of Coolock, Ballyfermot, Dolphin’s Barn and Walkinstown facilitated an ever expanding programme. The day in Maynooth brought together friends, family, tutors and administrators to celebrate the success of this brilliant initiative.

A General Theory of Oblivion by José Eduardo Agualusa wins 2017 International DUBLIN Literary Award

José Eduardo AgualusaAngolan author José Eduardo Agualusa has won the 2017 International DUBLIN Literary Award for his novel A General Theory of Oblivion, translated from the Portuguese by Daniel Hahn. The Award is organised and sponsored by Dublin City Council and at €100,000 is the world’s largest prize for a single novel published in English.

Image: José Eduardo Agualusa. Credit: Rosa Cunha

Uniquely, the Award receives its nominations from public libraries in cities around the globe and recognises both writers and translators. The winner was announced at a ceremony in Dublin's Mansion House today.

Check our catalogue for A General Theory of Oblivion

Home Energy Kit wins EU Sustainable Energy Award!

HESK awardWe are very happy to announce that the Home Energy Saving Kit has won the Consumers Category at the EU Sustainable Energy Awards 2017. The winners were named at a ceremony at Salle des Miroirs, Résidence Palace, Brussels on Tuesday 20 June. The judges commented on the transferable nature of the Home Energy Saving Kit and praised its ease of use and potential to benefit a range of users - householders, business and schools.

Image: Anne-Marie Kelly, Dublin City Public Libraries and Suzanne Fitzpatrick, Codema accept the award. (see larger image)

“We are absolutely delighted to accept this EU Sustainable Energy Award for the Home Energy Saving Kit.  This is the first scheme of its kind in Ireland, so it’s great to have it recognised at an EU-level here today.  Codema’s unique relationship with Dublin City Council Libraries has made it possible to bring the kit into hundreds of homes across Dublin, making the city a greener place to be and helping our citizens to take the first step on their sustainable energy journey.” Suzanne Fitzpatrick, Codema

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