Information re Tuesday 24 November 2009

The Institute will be open as normal on Tuesday 24th November.
We anticipate serious disruption to the delivery of classes, laboratories, and the provision of library and all other services.
The Institute regrets this inconvenience to all our students.

Online Library Services and Server planned downtime

Due to essential maintenance and to guarantee the provision of services into the future, online library services will be unavailable as below. There will also be very limited library desk services during these times. Library opening hours will not be effected.

11th & 12th November 2009:
From 19:00 on the 11th of November for up to 24 hours

18th November 2009:
From 19:00 – 23:00

Services effected include;

  • Access to online databases and Find ITT
  • Online exam papers
  • Library web site, including the online catalogue
  • Library account services
  • Self service centre
  • Library desk services

The library regrets any inconvenience caused, and hope that this advance notice helps you plan around this planned downtime.

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Attention all Marketing and Advertising Students!

An exciting new online database has been purchased called WARC - developed by World Advertising Research Centre.

WARC is a source of Marketing Communications covering over 45,000 articles, case studies, research reports and summaries, augmented with best practice papers, practical guides, daily news, email bulletins, statistical data and brings together experience from industry practitioners.

Please access the resource below using your library login details pin number etc.

Please let us know what you think of this new database
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Bank Holiday Weekend

The Library will be closed on Saturday October 24th and Monday October 26th due to the Bank Holiday. Please note that all of our online resources can still be accessed 24 hours a day during this time. Just log in to the library website at

Find ITT - Our enhanced Library Catalogue!

The new way of searching the Library Catalogue is called Find ITT (pronounced Find IT). It can search for full text articles straight from the library home page without having to go into each individual resource and redo the search. To ensure that you get accurate results we have grouped the databases by subject, so you need only select your subject area and enter your search to get results from the databases relevant to you.
Find ITT also creates a Journals A-Z list that includes all our print and electronic titles. Find out more at

New Online Tutorial

The library team has been working on a number of projects over the summer and is delighted to be able to offer you the following addition to our services,
an interactive Online Tutorial – ‘How to Research your Assignment’ which demonstrates how to research an assignment by creating a research strategy and identifying the sources of information to use.

The tutorial is available to download to academic courses on Moodle from the library web site. Find out more at

Welcome Students!

The Library extends a very big welcome to all our students.

We hope your time at ITT Dublin will be enjoyable and rewarding.

Don't forget that the library staff are always there to help you. Don't be a stranger!

Looking forward to seeing you soon in the the library.

Library Opening Hours until 3rd October are:
Mon - Fri: 09:00 - 17:00. Saturday Closed
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Books 2009 A Festival for all you Book Lovers!

Ireland's International Book Festival 2009 will take place over two weekends catering for Adults and Children alike.
The first weekend (10th - 12th September ) will feature Authors, Crime and Writing Seminars.
Some of the famous Authors participating in this event will be Sebastian Faulks, Edna O'Brien and John Banville.

The Second weekend ( 19th - 20th September ) is the turn of the children and Roddy Doyle, Derek Landy and Sarah Webb will be some of the favourite Authors taking part.

To find out more about this exciting event please click on the link below.




Wednesday 9 – Saturday 19 September

On 9 January 2009, Brian Friel, one of Ireland's greatest living playwrights, celebrated his 80th birthday. In recognition of this significant anniversary, the Gate produced a unique season of his works at the Sydney Festival 2009 and will tour the season to this year’s Edinburgh International Festival before presenting it to Irish audiences at the Gate Theatre in September.
The Gate Theatre is grateful to Culture Ireland for its generous support with this project. See more at

Director Robin Lefèvre
Starring Ingrid Craigie • Kim Durham • Owen Roe

Director Garry Hynes
Starring Frances Barber • Niall Buggy

Director Patrick Mason
Starring Risteárd Cooper • Rebecca O’MaraDelicious
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Repeat Exams Aug - Extended Library Opening Hours

To facilitate study for the repeat exams the library is extending its opening hours for two weeks!

Mon - Fri
17 – 28 August 2009:
9:00 – 18:00

Saturday 22nd and 29th August 2009:
10:00 – 17:00

Insight into lives of Royal Dublin Fusiliers

The Royal Hosiptal Kilmainham is currently hosting the exhibition A Long, Long Way – Letters from the Great War 1914-1918.

The exhibition draws on letters sent home to Ireland by soldiers serving with the Royal Dublin Fusiliers during the First World War.

Image from

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Arts of the Book and Sacred Traditions

Check out the brilliant and free exhibitions in the Cheatty Beatty Library.

Arts of the Book includes the world famous Chester Beatty Love Poems (c.1160 BC), Egyptian Books of the Dead and beautifully illuminated medieval European manuscripts, fine European printed books, as well as Old Master prints.

This exhibition also explores the richness of the Islamic manuscript tradition - illustrations and illuminations, calligraphy, and exquisite bindings from across the Middle East and India are on display.

The Sacred Traditions exhibition exhibits the sacred texts, illuminated manuscripts and miniature paintings from the great religions and systems of belief represented in the collections - Christianity, Islam and Buddhism with smaller displays on Confucianism, Daoism, Sikhism and Jainism.
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Get behind the Cliffs of Moher

Looking for something to do this summer?
Why not visit the CLiffs of Moher, or vote for them in the New 7 Wonders competition?

The Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland's top Visitor attractions. The Cliffs are 214m high at the highest point and range for 8 kilometres over the Atlantic Ocean on the western seaboard of County Clare. O'Brien's Tower stands proudly on a headland of the majestic Cliffs. From the Cliffs one can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, as well as The Twelve Pins, the Maum Turk Mountains in Connemara and Loop Head to the South.

The Cliffs of Moher are home to one of the major colonies of cliff nesting seabirds in Ireland. The area was designated as a Refuge for Fauna in 1988 and as a Special Protection Area for Birds (SPA) under the EU Birds Directive in 1989. Included within the designated site are the cliffs, the cliff-top maritime grassland and heath, and a 200 metre zone of open water, directly in front of the cliffs to protect part of the birds' feeding area. The designation covers 200 hectares and highlights the area's importance for wildlife.
Find out more at

Voting for nominees will continue through July 7, 2009.

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Guitar Festival of Ireland 2009

The Waltons Guitar Festival of Ireland will take place from 1 - 5 July, 2009. The festival, now in its sixth year, is a world-class music event and features a programme of great performances, showcasing the best in classical, jazz, folk and world music in some of Dublin's finest venues. Expect a unique concert of laid-back Brazilian lullabies, fiery tangos, graceful Scarlatti and riotous Klezmer!
For information about times and venues go the the website below :

National Library and Yeats

It's summer time and the skies are blue so it time to leave the books behind and check out another great library- The National Library which has brilliant exhibitions and events all year round.

It has been 70 years since Yeats died so to celebrate his work the National Library of Ireland have a series of reading by famous actors, artists and musicians, including Neil Jordan, Bob Geldof.

Check out the programme at

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Happy Bloomsday!

Today is Bloomsday!

Fans of James Joyce's Ulysses celebrate this great modern classic today, marking the day with reenactments, readings, visits and events. Dressing up in the garb of the era is the mark of a true Joycean.

Events this year include:
  • Bloomsday Breakfast at the James Joyce Centre,
  • Readings & Songs in Meeting House Square,
  • 2 fantastic Films,
  • talks by Barry McGovern, John McCourt, and Sam Slote,
  • and of course, Walking Tours!

For more information see the James Joyce Centre's website.


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Project Gutenberg added to the library catalogue

All titles currently available for free download with Project Gutenberg have now been added to the library's catalogue, so you can link to them straight from Library ITT Dublin. So if you would like to read classics from authors such as Mark Twain and Charles Dickens, you can now use the author search in the library catalogue to link to their download page on Project Gutenberg.

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Free Books on

Check out Bookboon

Students can download free textbooks without registration from this site. Books are relevant for Engineering, Business and IT students and written in five different languages. The books are financed through a low number of in-book advertisements.

There are also travel guides if you are heading away this summer.
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Library Closed

The library will be closed on Monday 2nd June for the Bank Holiday.

It will re-open on Tuesday.

Out of term hours apply- 9-5, no weekends.

Have a lovely weekend

Report from LibQual Survey

The LibQual survey has come back with the following results:
There was 477 responses.

All library users groups are very satisfied with the service being provided with academic staff and support staff being the most satisfied of all the user groups, closely followed by postgraduates.

The main concerns were the lack of computers, photocopying & printing issues, noise, improved access to library electronic resources, the need for additional group study spaces and an enhanced library collection to include more core textbooks and up to date editions.

Thanks to everyone who completed the survey.
These results will be used in developing library actions and plans.

Library Opening Hours for Summer

Delicious The Library is open throughout the Summer!
Get a head start for next semester
Study for repeat exams
or just pop in and get a nice book to read on the beach!

From Mon 25 May until the start of the Autumn 2009 semester
the opening hours are:

Mon - Fri: 09:00 - 17:00

Saturday: Closed

Photo Competition - Biodiversity

The Central Fisheries Board has launched a photo competition to raise awareness of the issue of invasive alien species in Ireland. For more information see

Information about invasive species is available at The closing date is June 2nd 2009.

Exam papers available online

Access exam papers on the library website.

Log on using your name, library number and self-assigned PIN.

If you are having problems with your browser, see the help page.
You can always contact the library, or visit the library desk if you need help getting started.

Coping with exam stress

Exams are just around the corner and panic is kicking in- but don't despair we are here to help!

As you enter the library we have a display of books on managing stress and exam techniques.

There are tons of helpful website- click here for a list.

If things are getting too much- don't forget you can visit the counsellor in the institute- it's free and confidential.

Extended Library Opening Hours for Fridays & Saturdays

Now that the Easter break is over it's time to finish off those CA's and get down to some serious study!
With that in mind the library is extending it's opening hours on Friday nights and all day Saturdays on the following dates:

Saturdays 10:00 - 17:00
25th April
9th May
16th May

Fridays 08:00 - 21:00
24th April
8th May
15th May

Winners of LibQual Prize Draw

Congratulations to
Lisa Moore who won an Nintendo DS.
Salla Tuomi and Dean Shannon who both won Richard and Judy's fiction selection, kindly sponsored by Blackwell.

Thanks to everyone who took part in the library survey.
Your help was greatly appreciated and will help to us to improve our service.

Easter Opening Hours April 6th- 20th 2009

Monday 6th- Thursday 9th April: 9- 17.00

Friday 10th-Tuesday 14th April: Closed

Wednesday 15th-Friday 17th April: 9-17.00

Saturday 18th April: Closed

Monday 20th April:
Normal hours resume

Library Survey Closed

Thanks to everyone who completed our library survey.

Your help was greatly appreciated.

Winners will be announced in the coming weeks.

The results of the survey are being analysed and will be available later on this year.

LIBQUAL survey March 9th-30th

Tell us what you think about the library!

As part of our ongoing efforts in providing a more customer focused and improved library service we will be running an online library user survey, LIBQUAL+™ from March 9th to March 30th

Click: to access the survey

We would appreciate it if you would take a few minutes to complete this questionnaire.

The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete and all responses will be anonymous and confidential.

As an incentive, completed surveys will be in with a chance to win an Nintendo DS and other prizes.

St. Patrick's Day Closure

The library will be closed on the 17th of March.

Normal opening hours resume on the 18th.

Happy St. Patrick's Day from all of the library staff.

Winners of Library Ireland Week Competitions

Congratulations to the winners of our
Library Ireland Week competitions:

Nintendo DS-
Sebastian Slotwinski

Blackwell's Editors Picks-
Aideen Reddy

€40 Nike Teamwear vouchers-
Najeb Alnezal
Felix Middendorf
David Gardiner
David Norris
James Doody

Dinner for two at the Plaza Hotel-
Pauline O’Reilly

Dinner at Kennedys @ the Abberley
Marcela Nievas
Blath McGeough

€20 Book tokens and lunch vouchers-
Garry O’Regan
Paul Cowan
Ann Hennessy
David Keane
Catherine Roche

Dinner at Kennedys @ the Abberley
Marcela Nievas
Blath McGeough

Library Ireland Week 2nd-8th March 2009

The library is celebrating Library Ireland Week with
An exhibition "Who do you think you are?" based on the popular RTE show.
A talk by Gerry Hoban, the series producer of the show
Great competitions, open to all library users:
Post a comment on the blog and win €40 Nike Teamwear voucher
Vote for your south dublin success story and win lunch with Quiznos and book tokens.
Prize Draw for a Nintendo DS with the 100 Classic Books cartridge when you join Friends of the Library ITT Dublin google group
Donate a book on World Book Day and win dinner for two in the Plaza Hotel and the Abberley Court Hotel.

Best Comment on the blog

Every day during Library Ireland Week we are going to pick the best comment on the blog and give a prize of €40 Nike Teamwear voucher.

All you have to do is click on a post you find interesting and let us know what you think. You can make a new comment everyday so you have 5 chances to win.
Remember to leave your full name so we can contact you.

What do you like about the library?

Here is your chance to tell us what you like about the library.
Was there any book or dvd that you really enjoyed or found particularly helpful.
Just click comment below to have your say.
Select comment as anonymous and include your name in your comment.

Women's Day 8th March 2009

This is a busy week- there is Library Ireland Week, World Book Day and International Women's Day all in the same period.

So to celebrate them all in one go- we want to know who is your favourite female character- in films, books or in real life?

Just click on comment below to have your say.

Remember to include your name and email address in your comment so we can contact you.

In the 'comment as' field pick anonymous.