On August 18th we at Dublin City Public Libraries join the celebrations of our 'Built Heritage' as part of Heritage Week 2012. This image gallery presents a historical survey of some of the public libraries that have served Dublin’s citizens from 1884 until the present day. The idea at the heart of the public library system is simple, enlightened, and noble: anyone can have access to education, information, and knowledge. As the song so simply and eloquently put it: ‘Libraries gave us power’.
Dublin City Public Libraries has a wide range of sources on the social, political, and cultural history of Dublin, some of which are available online and some through the Dublin City Public Libraries network.
The Reading Room, Dublin City Library and Archive, Pearse Street holds a wealth of material on the history of Dublin, including books, pamphlets, journals, street directories, and almanacs.
The following online resources can be accessed free of charge at your local library (access links via our NetVibes portal). Ask library staff for information and assistance.
Irish Times Digital Archive: This online archive service gives access to contemporary editions of the Irish Times from the mid-nineteenth century until the present.
Irish Newspaper Archive: This online archive service gives access to contemporary editions of the Irish Independent and a range of other newspapers.
The Ireland-JSTOR Collection: This online archive of academic articles can also be accessed free of charge at your local library.
For further reading, consult the Dublin City Library Catalogue.