Dublin City Libraries are trusted places that nurture curiosity so that opportunity, ambition and imagination flourish.
Equity of access
Right to know
Respect for everyone
Guiding principles – Our ambition
The core principles that will guide the continued growth and development of Dublin City Libraries over the course of this plan emanate from an organisational culture with a strong social inclusion and customer service ethos.
A Space for life-long learning
A cornerstone of our ambition is the provision of welcoming spaces where people are free to access materials and seek guidance on anything that allows a spirit of discovery and life-long learning to flourish at all stages of life.
The joy of reading
We recognise the inherent value of reading and literacy in expanding life chances, and we also encourage everyone to enjoy reading to relax and discover different worlds.
Libraries are free
We believe that free public libraries are at the heart of local authority services responding to changing Dublin City communities. We provide free access to knowledge and information to enable personal and community empowerment and build a more informed society.
Equality and diversity
We create content and knowledge from our diverse collections and support library users in creating their own content. We enable people and communities to tell stories that reflect values of respect and inclusion and give voice to the diversity of culture and experience in our city. We particularly reach out to those who may not see libraries and culture as something for them.
Changing needs and expectations
We are committed to meeting our users’ expectations for sophisticated and social access to digital material. We continue to anticipate and respond to what our communities can expect from the libraries that serve them.
Creativity and innovation
Our staff team is resilient and resourceful in responding to a rapidly changing environment. We aim to be a learning service that values innovation and creativity and continues to bench-mark against best practice internationally.