Online Resources

Online Resources

South Dublin Libraries has access to online services to enhance learning and personal development as well as for research purposes. These services can be accessed online or in branch libraries on public access PCs.


Language Learning Online - Transparent Language online

Transparent Language Online

To use via a desktop device, click here

To use via the RB Digital app, you will need to set up an account. If you already have one for accessing eMagazines, that will allow access to Transparent Language Online (TLO). Patrons will see an option on this platform for TLO by going to the menu option on the left and choosing the education dropdown.

Further details about how to use it can be found here

Online Learning - Universal Class


Learn something new today! Universal Class - Choose from over 500 online Continuing Education Courses - enroll for up to 5 courses.
Connect with a real instructor. You will need a valid library card and email address to register to use Universal Class.

Registering to create an account only needs to be done once. To sign up, click here

To start learning once you have created an account, click here

Reference Resources

Encyclopaedia Britannica


The Online Library Edition includes the complete encyclopaedia with more than 72,000 searchable articles and related websites selected by Encyclopaedia Britannica Editors. The database is updated constantly by Encyclopaedia Britannica staff. This resource requires your D4 South Dublin library card number to gain access.

Britannica  - junior (Age Group 5 to 10)

Britannica - Intermediate (Age Group 10 to 14)

Encyclopaedia - full (Age Group 14 and Up)

Business Resources



Vision-net et is a website that provides company information for Ireland and the United Kingdom. 
You will need a D4 South Dublin library cardAccess to this resource is part of South Dublin's ongoing commitment to local businesses and enterprises.

Click Vision-net to access the information you seek is a database of over 130,000 company records, with 80,000+ executive contacts.
Search businesses in Ireland by location, sector, employee size, type, product and executive contact.

For more information, please read this pdf guide.


Press Reader Publications

PressReader allows access to hundreds of international newspapers in different languages from around the world.  This service can also be access via app for Apple or Android by looking for PressReader. 
To use the service, library patrons with valid library cards should sign in and then choose the library and groups options. From there choose South Dublin or type in South to opt for South Dublin's access to this service.  After selecting South Dublin, please enter your library card number (14 characters). You will be granted 30 days complementary access.
After 30 days, merely sign out and sign back in again to continue using the eNewspapers.

A guide to access is attached here

Local Studies Resources

You will find more resources for Local Studies on the Local Studies page, but below we present the relevant websites for your local research.

South Dublin County History


South Dublin County History gives an overview of the history of the villages in South Dublin County and includes images, maps and walking tours of each village.

Go to South Dublin County History

SOURCE our Digital Archive

SOURCE is a downloadable collection of digital content relating to South Dublin County, digitised and presented by our Local Studies staff.


South Dublin - mapping our area through time

South Dublin Historical Mapping allows users to browse series of historical maps of South Dublin County from Rocque’s map (1760) through a variety of maps and times to current OS mapping and aerial photography.

Ask About Ireland

Ask About Ireland is an initiative of public libraries together with local museums and archives in the digitisation and online publication of the original, the unusual and the unique material from their local studies' collections to create a national Internet resource for culture.

Go to Ask About Ireland

Griffith’s Valuation Maps

Griffith's Valuation Maps (1852) based on the 1st ed. 6" Ordnance Survey maps are available online at

Ordnance Survey Ireland Historic Maps Library Viewer

Historical Ordnance Survey maps are now available for online viewing in public libraries only. The images are high-quality and may be printed. The maps cover the whole country and may be searched by county, townland or locality.

This resource can only be accessed in our branches.

The available maps series are:

6 inch Colour (1834 - 1842)

6 inch Black and White (1834 - 1842)

25 inch Black and White (1834 - 1842)

Irish Newspaper Archives


The Irish Newspaper Archives is the world's largest online database of Irish national and local Newspapers from the 1700s onwards. Search, retrieve and view Ireland's past exactly as it was originally published. This resource can only be accessed in our branches via the public access PCs

Irish Times Digital Archive

The Irish Times Digital Archive features exact reproductions of all articles published by the Irish Times from 1859 onwards. 

Go to the Irish Times Digital Archive

JSTOR Ireland Collection


This collection includes access to around 90 journals and periodicals including many of those familiar to local historians: Dublin Historical Record, Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, Archaeology Ireland, Collectanea Hibernica, History Ireland, Irish Historical Studies, Journal of Irish Archaeology, Journal of the Galway Archaeological and Historical Society, Nordic Irish Studies, Studia Hibernica, etc. The collection can be accessed from any of the public access PCs at the County Library via

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