Local Studies


The ambition of dlr Libraries is 'To connect and empower people, inspire ideas and support community potential'. Within this context, the mission statement of the Local Studies Plan (2015-19) is as follows: To collect, maintain, preserve and make available material and online resources pertaining to the history and heritage of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown and to encourage greater public and community awareness and understanding of the County's rich culture and traditions.

Access to the Local Studies Collection is currently available by appointment only. To make an appointment, please email localhistory@dlrcoco.ie or phone (01) 280 1147. The Collection is housed in the LexIcon Library on the 5th floor. Check full catalogue here.

Please note that many of the exhibitions produced by dlr Libraries relate to local history and can be found here.



NEW! Directory of Local Studies Articles and Book Chapters in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown

dlr Libraries are delighted to announce a new Directory, compiled by Nigel Curtin, former Local Studies Librarian at dlr LexIcon. The publication lists articles, book chapters and websites published on subjects relating to the county of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown. It is based primarily on material available in dlr Libraries Local Studies Collection. It does not represent an exhaustive listing but should be considered as a snapshot of material identified by the Local Studies Librarian from 2014-2021. Its purpose is to assist the researcher in identifying topics of interest from the wide-ranging resources in the Collection.

The Directory is available on this page (and as usual is searchable by pressing Ctrl+F) and each branch library is obtaining a hard copy for reference consultation.

See also Nigel Curtin's recent Local History leaflets, Starter for Ten: Top Ten local history books and also askabout …dlr: Resources relating to dlr on AskAboutIreland.