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# libraries - Monday 1 June, 2020

€200k investment being made into provision of library e-books and e-audiobooks, Ring announces

This is in additional to the already allocated €200,000 which was invested at the beginning of the crisis.

# libraries - Monday 16 September, 2019

Council plotting to open Dublin libraries 14 hours a day, 365 days a year with automated system

An initial trial at Pembroke Library in Dublin 4 could be rolled out around Dublin City Council areas.

# libraries - Wednesday 14 August, 2019

Philanthropist Andrew Carnegie commemorated on new An Post stamps

The philanthropist contributed to the construction of libraries across Ireland.

# libraries - Monday 20 May, 2019

There's a familiar, spellbinding book atop the list of most borrowed from Irish libraries last year

Children’s books dominate the top 20 list released today by the Local Government Management Agency.

# libraries - Friday 29 March, 2019

7 more public libraries set to open seven days a week between 8am and 10pm

The ‘My Open Library’ service offers extended opening hours, seven days a week.

# libraries - Thursday 14 June, 2018

Public libraries set to open seven days a week between 8am and 10pm

Fines for overdue books will also be removed, according to a new five-year strategy for the country’s public libraries.

# libraries - Wednesday 5 July, 2017

9 essential tips for surviving this summer with kids

From green fingers to the Lazy Day Rule.

# libraries - Tuesday 7 March, 2017

'Dr Seuss or a librarian in Cashel?': Council workers are having the craic on Twitter today

‘Our Council Day’ has been showcasing the work of firefighters, librarians and other behind-the-scenes employees.

# libraries - Saturday 21 January, 2017

Irish booksellers 'could lose their jobs' after library contracts outsourced to UK

The chair of Bookselling Ireland said that “at least three Irish companies will more than likely go out of business”.

# libraries - Sunday 1 January, 2017

Staffless libraries: 111 people had membership withdrawn in pilot libraries, one over drunkenness

There are plans to roll out the scheme in January but there were incidents of tailgating and children being left unsupervised in the pilot libraries.

# libraries - Wednesday 16 November, 2016

Librarians say roll out of 23 staffless libraries is 'the beginning of the end' for them

Dublin City Council voted against the introduction of the Open Library service this week.

# libraries - Saturday 24 September, 2016

Opinion: Staffless libraries are a terrible idea for Ireland

Staffless libraries are the first step towards the dismantling of the public library system as it is known and cherished.

# libraries - Friday 20 March, 2015

Council libraries are using JobBridge for 'free labour', says Sinn Féin

One intern said he was told almost immediately that there was no chance of a job.

# libraries - Friday 27 February, 2015

This 7-year-old's letter calling for her local library in Sligo to be kept open will melt your cold, cold heart

“Please don’t close Bally-mote library, because evry one loves it… If you do lots of Bally-mote’s resedents will get upset a they might cry!”

# libraries - Sunday 25 January, 2015

Plans to merge libraries criticised as 'wholly shoddy and unacceptable'

Will your county be affected?

# libraries - Thursday 12 June, 2014

€100k IMPAC award goes to author of Colombian thriller

Juan Gabriel Vásquez will share the award for The Sound of Things Falling with his translator Anne McClean.

# libraries - Monday 30 December, 2013

Poll: Should we introduce self-service public libraries? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should we introduce self-service public libraries?

It’s worked in Denmark but would it work here?

# libraries - Saturday 13 April, 2013

Pics: Black and white archive photos of Dublin, as seen in Strumpet City

Dublin City Public Libraries has taken old photographs of Dublin and juxtaposed them with quotes from James Plunkett’s seminal novel about the 1913 Lockout. Take a look…

# libraries - Thursday 27 December, 2012

From The42 Sweden adds the verb 'to Zlatan' to dictionary Ibra

Sweden adds the verb 'to Zlatan' to dictionary

The Swedish Language Council has approved the term which means to do something with lots of talent.

# libraries - Monday 26 July, 2010

DUBLIN HAS BEEN named a City of Literature by UNESCO – just the fourth city in the world to be given the title.

UNESCO – the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation – began bestowing the title on cities in 2004, and has given the title on just three occasions in the past.

Dublin becomes just the second city in Europe to be given the title, after Edinburgh in 2004. The other cities given the title are Melbourne and Iowa City.

Culture minister Mary Hanafin has welcomed the accolade, saying Dublin had won the title because of “the rich historical literary past of the city, the vibrant contemporary literature, the variety of festivals and attractions available and because it is the birthplace and home of literary greats.

“Names such as Swift, O’Casey, Wilde, Shaw, Behan, Beckett and Joyce are synonymous with Dublin and there are reminders of their great literary works throughout the city – which captures both scholars’ and tourists’ imaginations when they visit the city.”

UNESCO’s criteria for being named a City of Literature include a healthy and diverse quality of publishing in the city, a high number of literary events and bookstores, and an active involvement of traditional and new media in promoting literature.

Hanafin says she hopes the title will boost tourism to the city.

The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Gerry Breen, said he was “absolutely delighted about this achievement – which confirms what Dubliners have known for years. This is a city that has always produced – and continues to produce – great writers.”

The title comes after a campaign led by the City Council’s library service.