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Why you should join your local library….

By June 13, 2022June 13th, 2024No Comments

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If you have any questions about how to join your local library, you can chat online to a trained Youth Information Officer or leave us a message and we can get back to you.

Your Library - your gateway to (almost) everything!!

A library is like having the internet in a building. If you can imagine it, chances are someone has written about it. And in the same way that clicking a link brings something new, each shelf or room in a library offers more and more new discoveries for the curious mind.

If you think a library is a dusty old building full of old people telling you to shush, where all you can do is get a book…then think again.

We were going to do a flowery, romantic piece about how brilliant libraries are, how they open portals to other worlds found only in books, are a playground for the imagination, and can take you to places you might never visit. But, while all of that might be true, the reality is the Library Service speaks for itself on a much more practical level.

Your Library Card is the Key!

  • It’s free to join.
  • You can borrow up to 12 items at any one time, and keep them for 3 weeks…for free
  • You can reserve another 12…for free
  • If you haven’t finished with the items you have borrowed, you can check, reserve and renew online and keep them for longer…for free
  • You can borrow books…for free
  • You can borrow or download Comic & Graphic Novelsfor free
  • If your local library hasn’t got the book you want, you may be able to request it from another library in a different part of the country.….for free
  • You can download audio booksfor free
  • You can download E-booksfor free
  • You can download magazinesfor free
  • You can access online newspapers available to the library…for free

Stay in the Library and Enjoy.....

  • You get free wi-fi,  and use of computers
  • There is study space if you are a student – quiet space for homework
  • If you are unemployed, many have services to help put together cvs or apply for jobs
  • You can sign up for, and take, e-learning classes (Not available in all libraries)
  • You can just sit and read a magazine or newspaper freely available for all
  • Explore your local heritage and history
  • All libraries tend to have story time events for little ones, so a great place for both parents and children to meet with friends
  • There are book clubs for adult, teens and junior readers
  • There are different holiday activities including arts & crafts or different workshops (check your local library for dates of different events)
  • It is also a great place to find out about local services on the various posters and flyers on the notice boards
  • There are REALLY friendly, helpful and knowledgeable staff

Get answer to your questions on the EU through Europe Direct

Some libraries are lucky enough to have Europe Direct Centres. There are eight at present based in: Blanchardstown, Letterkenny, Clones, Portlaoise, Ballinasloe, Sligo, Limerick and Waterford City librariesLocal Europe Direct can be found here Or network across Europe here.

  • Enquiries about how to obtain an EU Passport.
  • Information about legal matters relating to EU legislation.
  • Requests for information on setting up a business in the EU.
  • Information about citizen and consumer rights in the EU.
  • Requests for general documentation on the workings of the EU and its institutions
  • Events, including talks, exhibitions and competitions.

Europe Direct Citizen’s Helpline: 0080067891011

How can I join?

There are a lot of Libraries in the Dublin area, and another ten in Co Wicklow and if you can’t get out to a library, or there is none near you, some services, like Co Wicklow have a mobile unit that travels to different locations right around the county. Below are links with locations for the different libraries in each Dublin area.

A short flowery bit!!

If I was king of the world, I’d give everyone a library card. Of course, it would be a little unnecessary because, everyone can already get a library card for free, or at least they can in Dublin and Co Wicklow.

Libraries are for everyone. They don’t discriminate.  Whether you are a millionaire who could buy their own library, or a poor family that can’t afford to buy a single book, your library card entitles you to the same service, the same welcome and the same experience.

Books broaden our horizons. They are the gateways to possibility and potential. So libraries are like a great bunch of keys to a humongous number of gateways…yeah, too much!!

Join your local library. You’ll never regret it.

main image by Chris O’Brien

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