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Business Information Centre on Twitter

BICOur Business Information Centre is on Twitter! You can now access our twitter account - @bizlibdublin  - and receive instant updates on business and career-related topics and events of interest.

Our new Twitter page is gathering momentum and it allows us showcase many of the unique services available in the Business Information Centre, located in the Central Library, Ilac Centre, in Dublin's city centre.

Online Databases Launched

City SealLast Wednesday (26th August) saw the formal launch of a new website hosting a range of databases totalling over 5 million records. The databases are useful for genealogy, local history and social history. Many of the databases were previously available and searchable separately on, but the new site - - allows for integrated and enhanced searching while also giving access to an even greater number of databases.

Our new system is now live...

Login[14:55, Fri 3 July] Our new library catalogue is now live. In this first phase of a major national project, Dublin City Public Libraries, along with libraries in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal, Kildare, South Dublin and Wexford have introduced a new library management system (LMS) and made changes that will help us provide a better service to our library users.

DRI Decade of Centenaries Award for Dublin City Library and Archive

DRI AwardThe Decade of Centenaries Award was established by Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) in order to engage with custodians and assist in the long term digital preservation of valuable digital material relating to the 1912-1922 period in Irish History.

On Thursday 25 June 2015, it was announced that the Dublin City Electoral Lists for the period 1915, recently digitised by Dublin City Library and Archive, was one of three award winning collections.

Right: Ellen Murphy (Dublin City Library and Archive) and  Dr. Eucharia Meehan (Irish Research Council)

We are introducing some changes...

EncoreDublin City Public Libraries are joining with all the other public library services in Ireland to create one joint library catalogue, using a shared computer system. In the first phase of this project, Dublin City Public Libraries, along with libraries in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal, Kildare, South Dublin, and Wexford, are introducing this new computer system and making some changes which will help us provide a better service to library users.


Our new catalogue is now live and can be accessed as follows:

Catalogue -

Login -

Read the Public Announcement.

*** For Catalogue & Login support, email ***

Our apologies again for the delay. [Posted: 15:00, 3rd July]

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.

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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.