Back to School Resources
Published on 1st September 2021
The back-to-school season is here. Our children can expect to return to a school which looks quite different from that experienced previously. There are many online resources to help you support your child as they start back in school. To help you, we have collected our resources and added a few more for good measure.
To use a library resource, and to use it from home, you may need your library card and PIN. You can join the library by visiting any branch or registering online.
If you are under the age of 18 you must get the permission of a parent or guardian who must sign the necessary form.
To join, bring photo ID and proof of address (a bill for gas, electricity, telephone, mobile phone; or a bank statement - issued within the past six months). If you register online you have three months to visit a branch - bring photo ID and proof of address to get your physical library card.
Dublin City Libraries offers live chat with Ask-a-Librarian. Students and parents can ask for guidance to identify resources for school assignments. Or message if you don't know your PIN. Click on the chat icon on the bottom right of the screen.
AskAboutIreland and the Cultural Heritage Project is an initiative of public libraries together with local museums and archives in the digitisation and online publication of the original, the unusual and the unique material from their local studies' collections to create a national Internet resource for culture.
NASA has created a website dedicated to teaching children about science, technology, and space with tons of content for every age.
The National Council for Curriculum Assessment has developed a number of resources to help you to support your child's learning in primary school.
Students need to effectively gather, study, and cite sources for their essays and projects. As librarians know, the internet has made this process fruitful but more complicated. Our online reference and research tools are credible, usable scholarly resources.
There's also some more online resources designed to help you with home study and remote learning, projects, essays, assignments and reports.
RTÉ Learn contains tonnes of different activities for children as well as access to episodes of last year’s Home School Hub.
Séideán Sí website for extra Irish vocabulary lessons for kids. You can choose your dialect and child’s class to find specific games and activities
Seomra Ranga was created by a Dublin primary school teacher in 2007 and features a range of free activities and resources, such as flashcards, poetry books, and educational bingo games.
If you have small children at home, Dublin City Libraries have free online resources to help you educate and amuse them.
TeenBookCLoud is a curated database of e-books aimed at readers 11-18. It includes Graphic Novels, Enhanced Novels, eBooks, classic literature, National Geographic videos, educator resources, and audio books.
Cúla 4 ar Scoil programme, which is available on TG4 Player online.
Touch-type Read and Spell (TTRS) is designed to benefit students of all ages who experience spelling, reading or writing difficulties. As well as developing typing skills, TTRS is designed to benefit students of all ages who experience spelling, reading or writing difficulties. You learn at your own pace either in the library or at home.
TumbleBookLibrary is a curated database of over 1100 children’s e-books, and includes their unique animated, talking picture books, read-along chapter books, national geographic videos, non-fiction books, playlists, as well as books in Spanish and French.
World Book Online is an engaging, verified, and trustworthy digital resource. From pre-primary to secondary and beyond, World Book has databases for every learner at every level for an immersive learning experience. It maintains an editorial advisory board composed of academics and practitioners who are experts in their fields to ensure continued accuracy of content and articles. Editors craft content using age-appropriate vocabulary and sentence structure. World Book's content is written so that any one at any age should be able to master the basic concepts of any subject they choose to explore.
World Book online is a suite of websites from the publishers of the famous World Book encyclopedias.
- Early Learning is a resource for preschoolers and children in early primary education, and was developed with the help of experts in early childhood education. It’s bright, colourful, a pleasure to explore, and it’s full of fun tasks and activities.
- Kids is an excellent reference resource developed especially for primary school children. It’s easy to navigate, and it features thousands of easy-to-read articles packed with stunning illustrations, videos, interactive maps, and a wealth of engaging games and activities.
- Student is an engaging and trustworthy digital resource catering to secondary school student. It features thousands of articles and a variety of multimedia to engage young people in an immersive learning experience.