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Start up start here: Dublin City Libraries Supporting Business in the Community

Monday - Thursday 10am - 8pm Friday & Saturday 10am - 5pm

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The Business Information Centre is located in the Central Library, Ilac Shopping Centre, Dublin 1. It is a Dublin City Public Library quality support for enterprise, employment led government initiatives and reference services. It is a one stop service specialising in business research, consumers’ economic activities, market profiling and career information. An experienced team has built up a reputation of providing quality tailored solutions to users needs.

The Centre holds relevant subscription research databases, business start up books, printed publications, reports, directories, print magazines and electronic journals, Irish company annual reports, daily and archived newspapers, Irish telephone books in print, city and county development plans with maps, newspaper/press cuttings for top Irish companies and organisations, social issues and a range of business related subjects, such as Entrepreneurialship, Innovation, Law, Management, Marketing, Health & Safety and Economics.

This library service is a key resource for those doing research, starting and/or growing a business, seeking career direction and employment skills, availing of retraining and/or up skilling opportunities, accessing valid stock collections and general business reference and related enquiries. The service is an embodied complementary enhancement and support to other Central Library’s collections and services, as part of Dublin City Libraries’ support for business in the community.

World Health Collection (WHO)
Dublin City Public Libraries is a repository for the World Health Organization (WHO) material available at the Central Library’s Business Information Centre. The WHO collection dates back to 1980 and contains a comprehensive number of books, pamphlets and magazines published by the organization.

Other value added services include the provision of programmed business events, which consist of free public lectures and facilitated workshops in the bi annual “Start and Grow Your Own Business Programme” in association with Dublin City LEO, “Career Direction and Development” lectures and the provision of Information & Advice Stands and Helpdesks to support employment led government initiatives, business start ups, social inclusion, adult learning, tailored specific guided tours and user education programmes.

Testimonials received on Dublin City Council Comment Cards include

“Your Business Day”, Oct 18th, 2013 – a one day event providing free expert business advice & information from a variety of stakeholders, including the Business Information Centre, who support business start ups in the city.

“Thank you very much for all of your assistance in enabling us to identify a number of potential new customers for our business” –from Tricia O’ Doherty, Sales Manager of EasiYo Fresh Yogurt, Co. Donegal

“I am wishing to simply congratulate you on getting the right balance here. As a small businessman, using Wi-Fi, business library information, reference books, power sockets and even the language suite. I am totally happy with my experience here and the service you work hard to provide.” – Paul, Dublin 3

“Firstly the library personnel are all very competent and friendly. The databases are relevant, especially Vision- Net and Euromonitor. Very impressed.” – Michael (no address given)

“Staff is prepared and available to provide assistance to access a comprehensive offer of reference material on business topics. I am using the service as part of my MBA thesis research and I’m very satisfied for the moment.” – Roberta (no address given)

“I was greeted by very friendly, helpful staff. The information which I had access to was very helpful and user friendly. I would recommend this service.” – Donal, Co. Louth

“This is a wonderful facility, great credit to DCC, Thank God something civilised in this worrying time. You can forget everything, sit back, relax and enjoy the whole experience,” – Sylvia, Dublin 16

“Excellent library services and customer services outstanding.” – Maria, Dublin 9

Business Information: Useful links

We have compiled a list of useful and informative websites in such areas as company information, finance, and starting your own business:

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