Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Batty 'bout books?

This year we have noticed a big increase in the number of students reading fiction books. Just incase you havent caught on to this trend yet, check out our fiction section (on level 1 by the photocopiers)

With 750 fiction books to choose from - there is something for everyone!

I fell in love with football as I was later to fall in love with women: suddenly, inexplicably, uncritically, giving no thought to the pain or disruption it would bring with it... Fever Pitch / Nick Hornby

Dr Iannis had enjoyed a satisfactory day in which none of his patients had died or got any worse. He had attended a surprisingly easy calving, lanced one abscess, extracted a molar, dosed one lady of easy virtue with Salvarsanm performed an unpleasant but spectacularly fruitful enema, and had produced a miracle by a feat of medical prestidigitation... Captain Corelli's Mandolin / Louis de Bernieres

Mr L. Prosser was, as they say, only human. In other words he was a carbon-based bipedal life form descended from an ape. More specifically he was forty, fat and shabby and worked for the local council. Curiously enough, though he didnt know it, he was also a direct male-line descendant of Genghis Khan, though intervening generations and racial mixing had so jugled his genes that he had no discernible Mongoloid characteristics, and the only vestiges left in Mr L. Posser of his mighty ancestry were a pronounced stoutness about the tum and a prediliction for littel fur hats... The Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy / Douglas Adams

The lobby of the Delano Hotel was like a designer's hissy fit on the set of Alice in Wonderland. Everything was too big, too small, the wrong colour, or in the wrong place... Olivia Joules and the overactive imagination / Helen Fielding

The green WELCOME TO ABBA TOWN sign that led off the expressway would have been easy to miss because it was so small. Papa turned onto the dirt road, and soon I heard the screech-screech-screech of the low underbelly of the Merceded scrapping the bumpy, sun-baked dirt road. As we drove past, people waved and called out Papa's title: "Omelora!"... Purple Hibiscus / Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Testing, testing. One, two, three. Maybe this is working. I dont know. If you can even hear me, I dont know. But if you can hear me, listen. And if youre listening, then what youve found is the story of everything that went wrong. This is what you would call the flight recorder of Flight 2039. The black box, even though its orange, and on the inside is a loop of wire that's the permanent record of all that's left. What you've found is the story of what happened... Survivor / Chuck Palahniuk

A pair of enormous purple toads sat gulping wetly and feasting on dead blowflies. A gigantic tortoise with a jewel-encrusted shell was glittering near the window, Poisonous orange snails were oozing slowly up the side of their glass tank, and a fat white rabbit kept changing into a silk top hat and back again with a loud popping noise... Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban / J. K. Rowling

Simon greeted her at the door of the Westbury Hotel function room with an affectionate kiss on the cheek. Dressed in a dark suit, which made his sandy hair appear almost blond, he looked palely handsome and Evie felt that flicker of pleasure that sometimes washed overher when she realised she was going to marry him... Never too late / Cathy Kelly

Monday, September 20, 2010

Library clinic for mature students

Change is good …but sometimes it is daunting

If you have questions about the library drop in to the

Library Clinic for mature students

Library Seminar Room

Wed 22nd 2.30 – 3.30pm or Thur 23rd 10.30- 11.30am

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Library tutorials

Have you searched the library catalogue yet? Before you do, watch this short tutorial. Or learn to set your PIN here. Your PIN is your Personal Identification Number (or password) and it allows you to access your library account online in order to renew your books, use library databases at home etc.

Keep an eye on the main page of the library catalogue for more new tutorials.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Changes are afoot

This summer has brought alot of changes to ITB Library. We hope that they will make it a better service for everyone.

The biggest change is the arrival of SID, or the Student Information Desk. See here to learn how SID can help you. There will now be 2 queues at the Main Desk - one for library queries (such as borrowing and returning books) and one for SID queries (such as requesting stock letters or deferring courses). Follow the signs for the service you need.

We also changed the library layout a little. In response to the noise-level problems we had last year, we have changed the seminar rooms into a space for silent study. So students who prefer to study in a quieter space will use the seminar rooms, and students in other parts of the library will be free to make (a little more) noise.

Finally, we have moved the printers and photocopiers into the main library space. You can now buy print credit at the Shop in Block C from 9am - 5pm each day. Evening Students can buy print credit at the Library Desk from 5pm - 8pm from Monday - Thursday. You can also use your print credit in one of the photocopiers. Photocopy cards can continue to be used in the other photocopier.

Welcome back to ITB Library. We look forward to another year.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Sport and the City

To celebrate Archive Awareness Month, Dublin City Council is organising a seminar on Sport and the City. Dublin City Sports Archive has been established to celebrate the launch of Dublin's tenure as European City of Sport 2010.

Join Jimmy Magee, Ronnie Delaney and a host of sportsmen and women on Saturday 11 September from 9.30am - 5pm at Dublin City Library and Archive. Admission is free but booking is essential. See the website for further details.

Friday, September 3, 2010

SID arrives at ITB Library!

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The new Student Information Desk, or SID, will go live at the Library desk on Monday the 6th of September 2010. SID will deal with queries of an administrative nature for registered students of ITB. Initially SID will open when the Library opens in the morning (9.15am during term and 10am out of term) and will close at 5pm daily.
The following queries will be dealt with at the SID desk from the 6th Sept. Other tasks will be added at a later date.

  • Course fee information
  • Grant application details
  • SAF – Student Assistance Fund
  • Student Hardship Fund


  • Social welfare letter
  • Registered student letter
  • Grants letters


  • Change of address
  • Progression carrying credits
  • Course Transfer
  • Defer/ Withdrawal
  • Processing Wi-fi forms

Time tables

  • Show students how to print

Learning support

  • Appointments diary for Student Services

IT Helpdesk

  • Computer account password change

Institute staff

  • Course co-ordinators listing


  • Transport links information

  • General Library information

  • General queries from students

  • Directions

  • Application procedures for admission