Friday, May 30, 2014

Weekend Opening Hours

Our opening hours this weekend are:

Friday, May 30: 
Library - 9am-10pm
Resource Centre - 9:30am-5pm

Saturday, May 31: 
Library - 10am-1pm
Resource Centre - 10am-1pm

Sunday & Monday, June 1&2:
Library - Closed
Resource Centre - Closed

We re-open on Tuesday, June 3 for vacation time hours - that's 10am to 5pm in the Library and 9:30am to 5pm in the Resource Centre.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Short Loans / Study Week

Our 24 hour loans will be issuing until Monday May 26 from tomorrow (Thursday) evening at 5:15pm.  This is to accommodate students not on campus in the week leading up to exams.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Longer Opening Hours

During exam time this month the Library is open for LONGER on Fridays and Saturdays:

Fridays May 16, 23 & 30: 9am-10pm
Saturdays, May 17, 24 & 31: 10am-5pm

For our full opening hours always check our website!

Eoin Colfer Exhibition

Yesterday at the Arts Council, Eoin Colfer was announced by the Minister of State for the Department of Communications as the third Laureate na nÓg, Ireland's laureate for children's literature.  He follows Siobhán Parkinson and most recently Niamh Sharkey for a two-year tenure.

Born in Wexford in 1965, he is the author of the Artemis Fowl series and many other best sellers. Come see a display of his work extracted from the Library's junior collection - all hugely popular and most particularly so with readers aged approx. 10+

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Short Loans for Easter

All 24 hour-loan items will be available to take out over the Easter break from this evening, Thursday at 5:15pm. They will issue until Monday, April 28.

Our opening hours for the Easter break can be found on our website.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Resource Centre Extra Hours

To accommodate students on School Placement, the Resource Centre will stay open for longer than normal this Friday and Saturday:

Friday, April 4 - 11am - 8pm
Saturday, April 5 - 10am-2pm

Brian Ború Exhibition

Joining in the nationwide commemorations of the 1000th anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf and the death of Brian Ború, High King of Ireland, the following treasures from the Library's special collections will be on display alongside other titles of interest until Easter:
  • Mac-ghníomhartha Bhriain / Tomás Ó Concheanainn (Conradh na Gaeilge, 1905) 
  • Brian Bóirmhe : a shaoghal agus a bheatha / Seán Ua Ceallaigh (Conradh na Gaeilge, 1906) 
  • Programme for Kincora by Lady Gregory at the Abbey Theatre (Irish National Theatre Society, 1905) 
  • Niamh / Peadar Ua Laoghaire (Muintir na Leabhar Gaedhilge, 1907) 
  • A new song for Peggy & Brendan : to the tune of 'Brian Boru's harp' (St. Sepulchre's Press, 1969) 
For many of the items, it is their first time on display and they both welcome and warrant a visit. Look for the table decked in blue and gold in the Library foyer!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Gaeltacht = Longer Loans!

From tomorrow (Wednesday) morning until Friday April 11, we are extending our loan period for undergraduate students from 1 week to 3 weeks.  Any books renewed in that period will be renewed for the longer loan period also.

This is to allow for the undergraduates' schedule over the next few weeks which means they may be off-campus for up to three weeks - with reading week followed by a 2-week gaeltacht placement for B.Ed.'s.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Stunning donation to Library

At the launch on Tuesday by Professor John Coolahan of The Round Tower of Roscrea and its Environs by George Cunningham, Mr Cunningham presented an eight volume facsimile of The Trees of Great Britain and Ireland to the College Library.


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Childrens' Literature Initiative

The English Department’s Centre for Children’s Literature and Culture and the Cregan Library in St. Patrick’s College Drumcondra welcome an exciting new development in children’s books. Pádraic Whyte of Trinity College Dublin and Keith O’Sullivan of the Church of Ireland College of Education have been awarded significant funding from the Irish Research Council to establish a catalogue of children’s books in Dublin over the next two years. The Cregan Library’s important  collection of both literary and pedagogical texts will be included in the overview of children’s books.

Establishing a central catalogue of children’s books held in St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, Trinity College, National Library of Ireland, Church of Ireland College of Education, and Pearse Street Library will provide an invaluable tool for the future. Researchers, educationalists, and librarians will be interested to learn that from this catalogue of approximately 40,000 texts (English language at this stage), 1,000 of both literary and educational interest will be selected so that images and digitized versions might be created. In addition, a seminar on the project for May 2015 as well as an edited volume of essays will accompany this major undertaking.

Orla Nic Aodha, Head Librarian of the Cregan Library and Julie Anne Stevens, Director of the Centre for Children’s Literature, have encouraged interest in Cregan Library’s children’s books by compiling
information about its holdings. They believe that the project will offer significant potential for Irish and international researchers in different areas of children’s literature, childhood studies and education, and library studies.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

French Language Display

To celebrate Journée internationale de la francophonie on Thursday 20th March this year, a small taster of our French language collection is on display in the Library.

After a quick stop at our exhibition of simple vocabulary books, exercises and stories for children in French (many of which were donated by Dr. John Killeen), we encourage you to venture further - to our rich collection of classic French literature on the shelves at 841-843.

Friday, March 14, 2014

St Patrick's Day

The Library and Resource Centre are closed on St Patrick's Day, March 17.  The Library is open as normal on Saturday, March 15, from 10am-1pm, and we reopen on Tuesday at 9am.

For full Library and Resource centre opening hours for this month check our website.

We wish all our users a great St Patrick's weekend!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

World Book Day '14 Display

There is currently a small exhibition in the Library to support the Education for a Just World Partnership's triple book launch on World Book Day, Thursday 6th March.

Come see sample books from our Junior Library that bring themes of global community, human rights and citizenship to children...

Also check out folders in our LibraryThing account for more titles that promote ethics re: social/global responsibility and justice (the login is StPatsJLibrary / farmerduck).

Thursday, February 27, 2014


We strongly recommend you have a look at UCD Library’s new Irish language version of their excellent tutorial on Avoiding Plagiarism: Bradaíl: Seachain í thar aon rud eile!.

This is the first Irish language open educational resource (OER) plagiarism tutorial. All translation and narration was kindly provided by Bord na nGaeilge, UCD.

The tutorial can be viewed here in Irish and here in English.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Seachtain na Gaeilge

Next week the College will celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge and the following week from 20-22 February it will host the conference Litríocht na Gaeilge ar fud an Domhain

So, to mark and salute both occasions, a display of Irish language literature and the world is taking up quite a bit of room in the Library foyer!

  Come visit and see!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Library Conduct

Exam time can be a stressful period for students.  Please show consideration your fellow students while in the Library by keeping noise levels to a minimum at all times. 

Also, if you must leave the Library for longer than ten minutes we ask that you take your belongings with you.  On request we may remove belongings from unattended desks so as to free up spaces for other students.

Extra January Hours

To help students during exam time, the Library will stay open later than normal on Friday and Saturday this week.

On Friday Jan 10th we are open until 10pm.

On Saturday Jan 11th we are open until 5pm.

For our full opening hours check our website.

Best of luck to all those taking exams this month.