Computers and Internet
Free access to the Internet and other PC applications is currently available on over 150 PCs throughout our branch network. A recent upgrading of our hardware, software and furniture has resulted in a streamlined customer-focused service, with the County Library housing a large new IT suite comprising over 100 Public Access PCs spread across the library.
Website and web-based services
The library may be closed, but our website is available all day every day. You can get up-to-date news and information about South Dublin Libraries and access to many of our services. These include searching the live catalogue, booking PCs, renewing loans, reserving books and access to the full online version of Encyclopaedia Britannica and other reference resources. You can also download copies of many of our recent local studies publications free of charge.
Also on our website is our virtual library - ebooks - which incorporates our award-winning Digital Books Service, where you can download books to read as well as a large and ever-growing selection of audio books and other media. These online services are supported by our full-time libraries, each of which has a dedicated download station for audiobooks only. Our downloads are compatible with, among others, the Sony Reader and a range of mobile devices - smartphone, iPad and tablets.
We now have an online language learning facility available through our website from which you can choose to learn up to 5 languages at a time from a choice of 80+.
We also have an online magazine service called Zinio available through our website. The service includes access to a range of magazines covering computing, gardening, health and leisure etc.
Social Media Moderation Statement
South Dublin County Council and South Dublin Libraries use a range of Social Media outlets to communicate with customers. These pages are not monitored on a 24/7 basis and should not be used to report an emergency. Contact details for all emergencies can be found at South Dublin County Council and South Dublin Libraries.
The social media pages serve as other communication channels for South Dublin County Council and South Dublin Libraries to communicate with members of the public, in addition to engaging with the community directly and using traditional media and our websites.
We welcome comments, but as these are the official pages of an organisation serving the public, we do need to moderate them. We will therefore delete the following:
- Obscene, abusive, discriminatory or accusatory comments about any individuals or organisations.
- Any political commentary or debate.
- Comment or discussion on any matter that is before the courts.
- Any misinformation which contradicts public safety or security advice or information.
We will also delete:
- Comments which contain obscene language
- Comments which aim to incite illegal activity
- Comments which do not comply with the terms of usage of this site.
South Dublin County Council and South Dublin Libraries are not responsible for content posted by members of the public.
No public library is ever complete without a Reference Section and vast stores of information are always available in the books and journals on our shelves. But now the complete up-to-date Encyclopaedia Britannicca and Credo Reference are also available on the Library Website. On our Library PCs, you can access the Irish Newspaper Archives back to 1763 and Ireland's Ordnance Survey Maps from 1837 - 1913, completely free of charge. For a much more detailed description of our online resources, please visit our online resources section.
South Dublin Libraries offer an extensive and growing range of Local Studies resources. Most of our collection is housed at the County Library where experienced, qualified staff can offer guidance to researchers of all ages and levels.
Local, national and international queries are dealt with regularly by staff at the County Library.
Cultural and Educational Events
Almost 2,500 cultural and educational events for adults and children are provided throughout the year in our libraries. We hold regular classes in languages, computers, music and art appreciation and much, much more. Events range from lifestyle talks to book launches for adults, and from author visits to Hip-Hop for children.
Major festivals are held throughout the year in our libraries, include Seachtain na Gaeilge; Bealtaine; Fused, the Children's Book Festival, TedX Tallaght and Reader’s Day which is part of our Red Line Book Festival. You can get more details of what takes place during these colourful and stimulating festivals in the brochures provided on our website (news and events sections) and in our libraries.
All children are valued members of our community and we make them particularly welcome in our libraries. Junior sections are provided in every branch and they are furnished to encourage children to feel engaged and comfortable. Children can enjoy the same services as adults, including Internet access, but with a particular focus on their interests and needs.
A new Children's Zone website has been specially prepared for the young people of South Dublin County
When users logon to WiFi in our branches there is an option to download a file which allows printing over WiFi to library printers. If you didn't download the file at logon and need it later you can download it from the following locations depending on which branch you are using.