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.


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For Junior eResources click here.

Medici TV


Medici TV has the largest collection of online classical music videos - orchestral, ballet, opera and performance. It also has a collection of classic jazz concerts and performances.
The collection includes older and current videos. You can search by composer, titles of work and even by conductor. All you need is an internet connection and a D4-numbered South Dublin library card.

Click here to access it 24/7 with your library card

For a video taster of what's on offer, click on this YouTube link !

Language Learning Online - Transparent Language online


 Transparent Languages Online gives you access to over 100 language courses for free. 

  • You will need to sign up via the following website link. This URL is unique to each library authority in Ireland and a D4 card may be required.
  • From here you will need to download the app from your phone's app store and log in to your account (instructions here). 
  • You may need to reset your password on the app (how to reset). This is a once off action. 

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


Borrow Box


Your library in one app. Borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks emagazines and enewspapersfrom your library, using the BorrowBox app. This is free for all members to use from anywhere, anytime. 
Non-members can join online for free.

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 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 here to visit the Vision-net portal. 

Local Studies Resources

You will find more resources for Local Studies on the Local Studies page, but below we present the relevant websites/resources 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



What is it?

Findmypast is the most comprehensive Irish family history website, and includes billions of Irish, British and worldwide records. The British Newspapers collection includes the largest collection of fully searchable Irish, British and international newspapers and is a rich resource for both genealogists and casual browsers of history alike.

Where do I get it?

Access to Findmypast/British Newspaper Archive is restricted to your local library and we have licences for Ballyroan, Clondalkin, Lucan, CastletymonNorth Clondalkin and Tallaght Libraries.

You do not need any specific logins or passwords to access the site in our libraries as the resource will be on a public access PC in the adult section or the relevant library. Children who wish to access it must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

British Newspaper Archive

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What is it?   

The British Newspaper Archive contains around three million pages of searchable newspaper content containing many British as well as Irish and national newspapers.

Where can I get it?

Its use is restricted to your local library and we have licences for Ballyroan, Castletymon, Clondalkin, Lucan, North Clondalkin and Tallaght libraries. you will need to register (for free) using our PCs by inputting an email address and choosing a password. All usage of the archive once your account is set up is free when used on our public access PCs.

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. The archive can only be accessed in our library branch public PCs via the Irish Times website. 


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