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International Literature Festival Dublin 2015 (16-24 May)

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International Literature Festival DublinThe International Literature Festival Dublin returns for its 17th year with both a new name and new director. The festival was founded in 1998, in order to gather together writers from around the world to speak, debate and interact with each other and audiences. Attractions include readings, discussions, debates, screenings and workshops. The festival will feature a mix of screenwriters, poets, fiction and non-fiction writers, lyricists, and playwrights.

This year's festival will take place from 16-24 May in various locations.  Read more »

Print - Scan - Copy. Improved Printing Service Rolling Out!

SurfboxDublin City Public Libraries & Archive is pleased to announce a further roll-out of the Surfbox print service. Available in Cabra Library and the Central Library since May 2014, the service has now been extended to Rathmines, Donaghmede and Pearse Street Libraries. Watch this space, as there are more to come in the near future!

Right: Surfbox in Pearse Street Library (click to view larger image)

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

Both Colour and Black & White printing available.

Colour printing. 60c per A4 sheet.
Monochrome printing. 20c per A4 sheet. Read more »

Tragedy off the south coast – Sir Hugh Lane one of the casualties

Dublin, Monday, 10 May 1915

Freeman Journal fron pageFreeman JournalFollowing the tragic loss of RMS Lusitania, on Friday afternoon 7 May, off the south coast of Ireland near the Old Head of Kinsale, in which 1,198 passengers and crew were drowned, it is reported that Sir Hugh Lane, benefactor to this city, is among the casualties. The ship, en route from New York to Liverpool, with civilian passengers, seems to have been torpedoed by a German U-Boat. It is also reported that passengers were warned of the potential dangers before travelling. Bodies of the victims have been taken to Queenstown, County Cork, for identification and burial, but the body of Sir Hugh has not been recovered, much to the grief of his family and wide circle of friends.  Read more »

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. Read more »

2015 UNESCO World Book Day

UNESCO LogoToday (23 April, 2015) is a very special day for libraries everywhere: UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day. According to UNESCO's website, World Book and Copyright Day is "an opportunity to recognise the power of books to change our lives for the better and to support books and those who produce them. This is the 18th year of the celebration.  Read more »

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