libraries & archive news

Vote for the Home Energy Kit!

Home energy saving kitThe Home Energy Saving Kit is one of just 12 projects shortlisted for the Citizens' Award at this year's EU Sustainable Energy Awards. It is the only Irish project to be shortlisted, but as it is a public vote, we need your help! Voting closes at 12 am on June 14:   Vote for Home Energy Saving Kit!

The Home Energy Saving Kits have been developed by Dublin's energy agency Codema and are available to borrow at all branches of Dublin City Public Libraries. Each kit contains six practical tools to help you save energy at home.  The items in the toolkits address three key areas of energy use in the home - space heating, hot water and electricity consumption - and can help identify common problems such as lack of insulation, poor ventilation and the appliances in the home that might be driving up electricity bills.

We’re going paperless!

paperlessBut don’t worry, we’re not getting rid of the books!

From 6th June 2017 we will no longer be sending out printed overdue notices by post and will only send out overdue notices by email or text message.

Get your notices by email

It’s easy to sign up to receive notices by email and in addition to getting overdue notices by email you will:

  • Get a courtesy reminder that your books are due back three days before they are due – no more fines for overdue books!
  • Get another reminder the day your books are due back - no more fines for overdue books!!
  • Get a message by email as soon as an item you requested is ready for collection – pickup that book you’ve been waiting for and get reading!
  • Get a courtesy reminder when your library membership is up for renewal, for uninterrupted library service!

Lord Mayor's Certificate in Oral History, 2017-2018

Oral HistoryThe Lord Mayor’s Certificate in Oral History is offered by Dublin City Council as part of its commitment to life-long learning. 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. It examines the wealth of recorded oral narrative sources in Ireland in both oral history and folklore. Commencing in Sept 2017 the Lord Mayor’s Certificate in Oral History will be taught at Dublin City Library & Archive,138–144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2.  Classes are held on Monday evenings to facilitate attendance by a broad range of people. 

** The deadline for applications is 5.00pm on Friday 15th September 2017 **

Lord Mayor's Certificate in Local Studies, 2017-2018

Bang Bang*** The Lord Mayor's Certificate course in Local Studies 2017-18 is now full and not taking any more applications.   ***

However there are still places on the Certificate in Oral History. (11 August 2017)

The Lord Mayor's Certificate in Local Studies is offered by Dublin City Council as part of its commitment to life-long learning.  The course examines the local dimension of Ireland’s past and is presented in a lively and accessible manner.  Classes are held on Tuesday evenings to facilitate attendance by a broad range of people.

Commencing in September 2017, the Lord Mayor's Certificate in Local Studies will be taught at Dublin City Library and Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2.  The closing date for applications is 5.00 p.m. on Friday 1 September 2017. See the following form:-

A day in the life of Dublin City Public Libraries and Archives

Ballyfermot Library toddler groupOn 7 March 2017 we joined a nationwide campaign to highlight services provided by City and County Councils using the hashtags #ourcouncilday and #ÁrLáSaChomhairle on Twitter.

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


No longer faceless or nameless – write the story of your First World War soldier

Assembly exhibitA long, long alphabetical list of 174,000 Allied soldiers who died on Belgian soil in the First World War; this is the new and emotive exhibit on display in Dublin City Library and Archive on Pearse Street until the end of March. The Assembly exhibit has been created by artist Val Carmen, for the In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres. Consisting of a giant memorial book of the war dead and five old chairs from Passchaendaele Church, the exhibit is travelling around Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales to gather stories and mementoes of these dead soldiers.

Home energy saving kits available at all libraries

Energy kitIn 2016, Dublin City Libraries in partnership with Dublin's energy agency Codema piloted the Home Energy Saving Kit in 10 libraries across the city.  There was great demand and interest in the kits, so they are now available to borrow free of charge from all Dublin City Public Libraries.  The Toolkit won Best Energy Smart Initiative at LAMA Community and Council Awards ceremony on 4 February 2017.

You can borrow the kit for a duration of 2 weeks in order to conduct a mini home energy audit. Simply check availability with your local library. Please return the energy saving kit to the library where you borrowed it.

All kits will provide a user survey. Make sure you complete this survey after you check out the kit and you could be in with a chance of winning a 100 One4all voucher! Take the 5 minute survey online.

Japanese Translations of Irish Literature

PresentationOn 18 February, 106 Japanese translations of Irish literary works were presented by Ambassador Mari Miyoshi on behalf of 6 organisations in Japan to Brendan Teeling, Deputy City Librarian, Dublin City Public Libraries at an event in the Central Library on 18 February 2017.  The event was organised by the Japan Embassy in Ireland in cooperation with Central Library staff to mark 60 years of diplomatic relations between Ireland and Japan.

The titles were selected by Professor Manabe, Shiga University Japan and the organisations who donated the books included:

Opportunity to manage new digital skills project

CoderDojoDublin City Public Libraries are seeking applications for the role of Project Coordinator for a digital skills project, which is a joint initiative between Dublin City Public Libraries and the CoderDojo Foundation.  The project will offer children and young people the opportunity to learn basic computer programming for free by attending a CoderDojo in a DCPL library. 

The project coordinator will publicise and manage the CoderDojos and related activities and contribute to developing a Tool Kit detailing best practice for setting up a CoderDojo in a library. The successful candidate will be based in Charleville Mall library. The deadline for applications is no later than 5pm on Friday, 10 March 2017.

How do you feel libraries should change and improve?

Ballyfermot LibraryThe government, working with librarians across all local authorities, is preparing a plan for the development of a new public libraries strategy. This is the fourth such plan. In preparing the strategy we want to hear from people and communities to find out you feel libraries should change and improve.

We are keen to hear what you think, whether you use a public library or not, and would appreciate if you could spare a few minutes to complete this short Public Libraries Survey.