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The library is one of our favourite places - it’s part of our culture, full of all the good things we love (like books, art, culture and learning!) and thoughtful people to help us when we need it.

Online library resources

At the moment, visiting the library is another familiar part of our day-to-day life that has to be put on hold for a while, as we collectively navigate this strange period of time.

But fear not - the lovely folks at Dublin City Libraries have a comprehensive list of online resources offering everything from borrowing eBooks and audio books, to magazines, comics, interactive books for children, and more.

Not a member of the library yet?
No problem, you can sign up for your free membership online to gain access to all the online services.

If you’re having any trouble with your library account, you can submit a ticket to the Libraries Support Desk and they’ll get back to you shortly.

Online Resources

Below are a few of our favourites from the list that can be accessed from the comfort of your own home, just by using your library card details.

BorrowBox allows you to borrow up to five eBooks and five audio books at any one time so you can read and listen to your hearts content. Demand is high at the moment, but there’s work going on behind the scenes to get more digital copies of all the books. In the meantime, it’s easy to reserve books that aren’t currently available.

How does it work?
All you have to do is click the sign in button and enter your library card number and PIN number to start browsing. If you’d like to read or listen from your mobile device, simply download the BorrowBox app to your phone, tablet, or eReader. Dublin City Libraries have made this handy step-by-step video guide for how to download and use the app too.

Libby Magazine Collection
(formerly RBdigital) gives you access to a wide range of popular international magazines for free with your library membership. Browse the digital editions of National Geographic, Time, Hello, and lots more well known titles that cover current affairs, arts and crafts, automotive, science, fashion, interiors, and a whole host of other interests.

How does it work?
Sign in on the app, follow the prompts to find your library and sign in with your library card number and PIN.

Mobile App: Google Play - Android | iTunes - iOS

Medici TV
The world's leading classical music channel, Medici TV features an extensive selection of concerts, operas, ballets, documentaries and master classes.

How does it work?
Visit this website and log in using your Dublin City library membership card barcode number.

PressReader gives you access to thousands of international newspapers and magazines, including lots of local and national Irish publications. It even includes newspapers and magazines that usually require a subscription, or that have paywalled articles.

How does it work?
Click the sign in button on the top right hand corner of the screen. On the left hand side, click the "Library and Group" button. Search for Dublin City Library and select it as your option. You'll then be prompted to enter your library card number and will be signed in.
You'll have 30 days of access to the PressReader collection of titles, after which time you'll need to sign in again to resume access. You can even download the PressReader app to have access on mobile devices.

Tumble Book Library
Keeping children entertained during this period of isolation is no small challenge so that's where Tumble Book Library can help. Essentially a digital library of animated talking picture books, it's also a treasure trove of puzzles, quizzes and games. Children can browse themselves and even create a story playlist for upcoming reads.

How does it work?
To browse the selection on your computer, simply follow this link. If you'd like to use the Tumble Book Library App, you'll need to enter these details when prompted: Select "Library" tab, in country box fill in "Ireland"; select Dublin City Council Public Library and enter your library card number. Dublin City Libraries have made another how-to video guide which helps you get the most out of the service.

These are just a few of our reading-related favourites. You can browse the full list of online resources, which includes learning portals, encyclopedias and digital photography archives.

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