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.

Look after Your Body. It is the only place you have to live in

Healthy body and mindOur collection of material in the Business Information Centre (BIC) in Dublin City Centre holds the key to achieving a healthy body and a healthy mind.  From an up–to–the minute selection of medical reference books to a useful collection of health magazines, the BIC is a valuable resource when it comes to health information.

A special feature of our Centre is the vast collection of newspaper cuttings contained in our Subject Files and available on public access, files covering all manner of topics including Health, Mental Health, and Health & Safety.

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)

UNESCO Biosphere Status for Dublin Bay

Bull IslandDublin Bay has been awarded a Biosphere designation by UNESCO in recognition of its unique ecological and cultural status. The Biosphere designation previously related to the Bull Island only but the awarding of Biosphere status to all of Dublin Bay means the designation now extends to an area of approximately 300km2. Read the full announcement...


To mark the occasion, we take the opportunity to reproduce here the following from © Dublin City Public Libraries.

New Database Site Now Available

databases.dublincity.ieA new website allowing for the cross-searching of a number of databases produced by Dublin City Public Libraries & Archive can now be accessed online. replaces as the point of access to a variety of databases, which heretofore could only be searched individually. In addition to those databases which were available on have been added the Cemetery Burial Registers and the Dublin Directory 1647-1708. [First posted 29th April 2015]

If Ever You Go This April!

TTRSThe Central Library, Ilac Centre, is currently offering Touch-type Read and Spell (TTRS), a free online computer course. As well as developing typing skills, TTRS is designed to benefit students of all ages who experience spelling, reading or writing difficulties. Students with dyslexia or literacy issues have found it helpful. This is a multisensory, structured, online course which assists students to learn at their own pace either in the library or at home. The Central Library has a number of licences available to library users.

Reading Champions Love Books!

Taylor, Emma and Josh with the Lord Mayor of Dublin Oisín Quinn at the launch of the Reading Champions website. What do Bressie, the Dublin team and Eoin Colfer have in common?

They are all champions for reading! Singers, runners, footballers, and actors are among the well known personalities to give their support to, a new website which promotes positive role models for children’s reading.

Right: Taylor, Emma and Josh with the Lord Mayor of Dublin Oisín Quinn at the launch of the Reading Champions website.

‘Reading is one of the most important gifts a parent can give to their child’ said Dublin City Lord Mayor Oisín Quinn, speaking at the launch of the site: ‘Reading opens so many opportunities and possibilities to children. Not only is it a valuable educational tool it is also food for the imagination and soul. The Reading Champions website encourages and promotes reading to children by featuring twenty three well known people sharing their experiences of reading.  I want to congratulate the work of all the librarians involved in bringing this project to fruition, I know it will be a great source of inspiration for everyone who uses it” said the Lord Mayor.   

Ask about Ireland, Ask about Dublin

Ask about IrelandThere is a wealth of information on the Ask about Ireland website on many aspects of Dublin, such as its history and heritage, its literature, the arts, the environment. This information was compiled and added to the Ask about Ireland website by staff of Dublin City Public Libraries, and it is as valuable a resource now as when first added. You can access here the information pertaining to Dublin City, and by clicking on and expanding the various headings, read the many and varied illustrated articles for study reasons, to satisfy an appetite for knowledge or out of mere curiosity; no matter the reason, we have no doubt you will get a great deal of pleasure in so doing.

Bridges of Dublin - New Website!

Today sees the launch of a wonderful new website on the bridges spanning the River Liffey from Lucan to the sea. Bridges of Dublin is a Dublin City Council project and was developed as a comprehensive digital archive of information about the bridges which span the Liffey in Dublin county. The project was led by the specialist web unit within Culture, Recreation and Amenity assisted by the Roads and Traffic Department.

Mellows Bridge, Dublin

The Dublin Festival of History Launched!

Dublin Festival of History 2013 Programme coverToday sees the launch of the Dublin Festival of History 2013 website and programme of events. The festival is an initiative of Dublin City Council's library and archive service, and it will run from 26th September until the 9th October.

Right: Programme cover, click to enlarge.