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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.

Our Digital Repository Now Available Online

ImagesTraffic jams during the 1974 CIE Bus Strikes,  Croagh Patrick Pilgrimages (1958), and jubilant Heffo’s army supporters are among 43,000 historic photographs and documents  which are being made freely available online by Dublin City Council today.  These formerly unseen images date as early as 1757 and include photographs, postcards, letters, maps and historical memorabilia.

Highlights of the collection, which can be found at, include the Fáilte Ireland Photographic Collection with images of people, places and tourist locations all across Ireland from the 1930s, the Irish Theatre Archive Photographic Collection, and Dublin City Council Photographic Collection. Much of the material provides photographic evidence of Dublin's ever-changing streetscapes and buildings, as well as significant social, cultural, sporting, and political events in the City. Events as diverse as the Eucharistic Congress (1932), bonny baby competitions in the North Inner City, and the Dublin Football Team of the 1970s all feature, along with sombre Dublin streets in the aftermath of tragedies such as the 1941 North Strand and the 1974 Bombings.

Print, Scan, Copy. Improved Printing Service

SurfboxDublin City Public Libraries & Archives is pleased to announce the final roll-out of the Surfbox print service. Available in a selection of branch libraries since May 2014, the service has now been extended to all branch libraries and the Reading Room at Dublin City Library and Archive.

Print directly from your laptop, tablet, smartphone, home computer or library computer!

In addition to using a library computer to have your document printed, you can now email a document/image, 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.

Your Library Card is Your Key!

Library cardThink your library card is only for borrowing books, CDs and DVDs? Think again! Having a library card is like having a key to a treasure trove of knowledge that might otherwise prove hard to unlock and access. Courtesy of your library membership and our subscribing to a myriad of online resources, you have available at your finger tips such resources as the Dictionary of Irish Biography, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Irish Newspaper Archives, History Ireland magazine (via JSTOR), the Journal of Public Mental Health (via Emerald Insight) and the International Journal of Biochemistry (via Science Direct), to name just a few.