Learning & Studying
Dublin City Libraries supports learning for everyone, at every stage of life. Learning opportunities include online courses, language learning, and computer skills. Library collections including databases, books, magazines, audio books, DVDs, podcasts can assist your learning and study.
The Central Library in the Ilac Centre is where "learner entrepreneurs" will find information on Irish companies and also on market opportunities in foreign countries.
Adult Education collections include literacy and numeracy materials and are available in most branch libraries.
All libraries provide access to computers and the Internet.
Reading, writing and spelling
Touch-type Read and Spell Online Course
If you or someone you know finds it hard to read, write or spell, the Touch Type Read Spell (TTRS) online course can help.
Students with dyslexia or literacy issues have found this course helpful. It's a multi-sensory, structured, online course that helps students to learn at their own pace either in the library or at home
Literacy and learning supports for tutors
If you are a trained literacy tutor, you play a key role in helping adults with reading and writing difficulties. There is a resource list of publications to support your professional development at the Central Library.
The publications include a range of recommended reading material related to adult literacy theory and practice. For your convenience the resource includes both a lending and a reference copy for consultation in the library.
For further information E: [email protected] or T: 01 222 8300.
Adult Education collections including literacy and numeracy materials are available in the majority of library branches.
You can learn a language or improve your conversational skills in several library branches.
Additionally, you can improve your language skills through any of our online language courses such as Transparent Languages Online and uTalk, available for free with your library membership. Visit our eResources page for more information.
You can improve your conversational skills through informal conversation exchanges in several of our branch libraries. Check the Library Events' listing for details.
We have an excellent selection of online research and reference tools to suit all age groups: from primary school to university; from early years to life-long learning. You can choose from over 400 unique online learning courses through your library membership including:
- Music lessons from Grammy Award-winning musicians.
- Art lessons from professional artists.
- Genealogy - tracing your family history.
- Courses in 70 languages
Visit our eResources page for more information. Please note, to use these services you need your library card.
You are welcome to use the designated study and reading spaces in all of our libraries.
A number of study spaces have been set aside in the Reading Room, Dublin City Library and Archive (Pearse Street), for students and visitors who wish to read or study, but who do not need to use library or archive materials. These spaces are allocated on a 'first come, first served' basis.
Learning Zones have been set up in a number of libraries across Dublin City to help you with your homework and important school project. They have reading and reference materials, educational websites and other computer software that have been specially chosen to help you with your studies.
The following libraries have Learning Zones:
The Dublin and Irish Local Studies Collection
The Dublin and Irish Local Studies Collection is a research facility for second-level. The library holds an extensive range of books, newspapers, journals, photographs, maps, prints, drawings, theatre programmes, playbills, posters, ballad sheets, political cartoons and audio-visual material about the history and geography of Dublin and Ireland.
To access the facility visit the Reading Room, Dublin City Library and Archive (Pearse Street).
Please note: The Dublin City Library and Archive Reading Room is undergoing refurbishment at the moment. While they are not open to the public at this time, they continue to offer online services and are answering as many queries as they can on [email protected] and [email protected].