libraries & archive news

Improved Printing Service, Central Library and Cabra Library

Surfbox[1st May 2014] Dublin City Public Libraries are pleased to announce the arrival of an improved and easily accessible printing service in the Central Library (ILAC Centre) and in Cabra Library.

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.

Both Colour and Black & White printing available.

'Opportunities for All' - The New Public Library Strategy

Opportunities for AllIf you could build your ideal public library, what would it be like? A bright, spacious place to work, study, relax or enjoy community events? Free access, longer opening hours, Wi-Fi, self-service, ebooks and professional staff to help you with any research you might need? Or maybe you'd prefer to enjoy the digital library from the comfort of your own home? All of the above...or is that too much to ask?

Back in early September you were asked to contribute towards a new strategy for public libraries covering the period 2013 - 2017. Well, on 17th December last Phil Hogan, Minister at  the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, launched the new strategy, "Opportunities for All: the public library as a catalyst for economic, social and cultural development" (pdf, 1.2mb, 104pp).

The Dublin City Library @ Parnell Square Cultural Quarter

Brochure[Update: 24th January 2014]

City launches details of Parnell Square Cultural Quarter - a new Cultural District for Dublin City

In early April 2013, Dublin’s Lord Mayor Naoise Ó Muirí announced a vision of a new cultural quarter for Dublin city – Parnell Square. A new City Library will be built beside the existing world-class Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane and will offer a range of creative, participative and educational experiences, united by a trinity of themes, Learn, Create and Participate. A civic plaza will connect the new City Library and cultural facilities, creating a new public space that those who live, work and visit Dublin can use, engage with and enjoy in the heart of the city.

Keeping up with Library News

Library NewsLots of things happen in Dublin City Public Libraries - easy to believe when you realise that we are the largest library service in the Republic of Ireland.  As the largest, we serve a resident population of over half a million people, to which you can add the many others who may also avail of our many services - the regular commuters from surrounding regions, the large third-level student population and the many visitors to our capital city from further afield. We deliver our services via some 41 service points, this number being made up of 21 branch libraries a number of specialist service points and those locations visited on a regular basis by our mobile library service. Did you know too that we provide a library service to the Irish Prison Service on an agency basis? To put some final numbers to it, there were 2.7 million library visits in 2012 (not including some 0.9 million virtual visits) and over 2.5 million items loaned out.

New Service - Language Learning Online

Please Note: Transparent Languages Online, has now been replaced by Mango Languages (12 February 2016).

Transparent Language OnlineDublin City Public Libraries is pleased to announce a free online language learning service, Transparent Languages Online from 1st October 2013. This free learning system offers:

Unlimited access to courses in over 80 supported languages
English learning from 24 languages
English learning for Beginner and Intermediate levels
Learn to listen, speak, read and write
Language learning on the go with Byki Mobile
You can register for the service using your library borrower number located on your library card. You will then be asked to create a profile on the TLO website with username and password. This will enable you to track your own learning and log on from PCs in branch libraries, from home and on mobile devices (laptops, tablets, smartphones).

Parnell Square Cultural Quarter - Public Consultation

Parnell Square Cultural QuarterYour chance to have a say!

Update: Parnell Square Cultural Quarter Consultation Survey. This survey is one part of a public consultation process on the development of the Parnell Square Cultural Quarter, being undertaken on behalf of Dublin City Council. The survey will take no more than 15 minutes.

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In early April 2013, Dublin's Lord Mayor Naoise Ó Muirí announced a vision of a new cultural quarter for Dublin City - Parnell Square. A new City Library will be built beside the existing world-class Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane and will offer a range of creative, participative and educational experiences. The civic plaza will connect the new library and Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane, creating a new public space that those who live, work and visit Dublin can use, engage with and enjoy in the heart of the City.

Dublin City Council has engaged Green Hat to carry out an initial public consultation to ensure that the vision of a Cultural Quarter as a cultural space for all is realised. Focusing on the responses to the vision and the desired physical spaces for the area, the consultation will seek input and ideas on the provision of opportunities to learn, create and participate.

Promotion Video for the Parnell Square Cultural Quarter

The Dublin City Library @ Parnell Square Cultural Quarter. The Dublin City Library will be a new kind of city library for the citizens of Dublin. A window on the world of knowledge and culture, a centre of learning and literature, a commune of research and reading and a hub of ideas and creativity.

The Dublin City Library @ Parnell Square Cultural Quarter

An exciting new destination for learning, literature, information and culture in Dublin.

Dublin City Library

What is the Dublin City Library?

The Dublin City Library will be a new kind of city library for the citizens of Dublin. A window on the world of knowledge and culture, a centre of learning and literature, a commune of research and reading and a hub of ideas and creativity.

Election / Referendum Day

e-RegRaheny Library will be closed on Thursday, 27th October, to facilitate the library premises being used as a polling station. The children's library will be closed from 1.00pm on Wednesday the 26th, until 1.00pm (or as soon as possible afterwards) on Friday the 28th.

We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience.

eReg: Register of Electors Online Enquiries.

Reader-in-Residence Appointed!

Dublin City Public Libraries, in association with the Home School Community Liaison Scheme, has appointed Sarah Purcell as Reader-in-Residence. Sarah takes up her Residency this September for a nine-month period and will deliver a programme of activities designed to instil in young children an appreciation and love of reading which, at the same time, will give parents/guardians an awareness of the positive value of literacy, books and reading in their children’s development. The programme will include opportunities for parents and children to explore and enjoy reading and other literacy activities together.

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