Dublin City Libraries


Dublin City Libraries is the largest library authority in the Republic of Ireland, serving over half a million people through a network of 22 branch libraries, a number of specialist services. Specialist services include online resources, Dublin City Archives, Dublin and Irish Local Studies Collection, Creative Studio, Music Library. With 2.6 million visits  and Wi-Fi Internet access available in all branches, the service aims to promote the concept of “lifelong learning in the community”, offering a range of opportunities for all ages and backgrounds to “develop life chances and new learning skills”. The Dublin Literary Award has been administered by Dublin City Libraries since it’s inauguration in 1995. The successful application for designation as a UNESCO City of Literature, part of the Creative Cities Network was initiated and led by Dublin City Libraries.  The new City Library which will deliver 5,500 square metres of modern, bright open spaces for reading and lending, as well as a variety of spaces for studying, working, meeting, creating and performing is currently under construction with an expected completion date of 2027. Facilities will include a welcoming library for children and young adults, a makerspace, meeting rooms and study spaces, as well as a multi-purpose conference centre, a café and exhibition areas.



News January 16 2024

2024 Dublin Literary Award Longlist Revealed

With books nominated by 80 libraries from 35 countries, 4 novels by Irish authors are in the running for the €100,000 prize sponsored by Dublin City Council
News November 28 2023

2024 Dublin Literary Award Judges Announced

Meet our judging panel for 2024 Dublin Literary Award
Video June 2 2023

Highlights from the 2023 Dublin Literary Award Ceremony

Katja Oskamp and translator Jo Heinrich win the prize for Marzahn, Mon Amour.
Video May 26 2023

2023 Award Winners in Conversation with Rick O’Shea

Author, Katja Oskamp and translator, Jo Heinrich in conversation.


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