Tuesday 17 October 2017


Halloween is right around the corner, a holiday full of costumes, extra make-up and candy. It is fair to say that Dublin is a great place to spend Halloween and, Cathal Brugha Street library offers an array of recipes to help with your creepy festivities. Enjoy this pumpkin pie recipe from p.168 of ‘Tarts and pies’ by Philippa Vanstone.

Pumpkin pie
Serves 6-8

Sweet short crust pastry
200g (7oz) softened unsalted butter
200g (7oz) caster sugar
2 eggs 400g (14 oz) plain flour, sifted

1 egg yolk
425g (14 oz ) pumpkin puree
2 eggs
150 g (5 oz) caster sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground ginger
¼ tsp ground cloves
284ml carton double cream

Cream the butter and sugar together. Mix in eggs and then mix in flour to form a smooth paste. Roll the pastry out to about 2.5 cm (I inch) thick, wrap in grease proof paper and then cling film. Rest for 15 minutes in the fridge. Roll out pastry on a lightly floured work surface to 3mm (1/8 inch) thick. Lightly grease and line the base of a 23cm (9 in) diameter, 4cm (1 ½ in) deep pie dish. Lightly prick the base of the case and rest the lined case in the fridge for 20 minutes.
(or buy pre-made pastry)

Bake the pastry blind for 10-15 minutes, remove the baking beans and bake for a further 5 minutes. The pastry should be pale to golden in colour. Brush the pastry case with a little egg yolk and bake for a further minute. Remove the pastry case from the oven. Reduce the oven temperature to 180 degrees c, 160 degrees c fan oven.

Mix together the pumpkin puree, eggs, and remaining yolk and sugar. Then stir in the spices and cream. Pour the mixture into the pie case and bake for 45-50 minutes until set. Refrigerate and serve cold.

Monday 9 October 2017


Literature reviews can be daunting, luckily D.I.T. libraries offer you a range of excellent guides to help you complete your review. Check the D.I.T. library catalogue and find a guide that suits your study needs. Just click 'keyword' on the drop down box (see below),
and type in literature review. 

Keyword is a good way of searching for a book when you don't know the title or author.

Friday 6 October 2017


Dinner with Darwin looks at the evolution of our taste buds from the first cooking caveman to today. It looks at the effect of natural selection on our palates. For an interesting read find Dinner with Darwin at Cathal Brugha Street Library.  

Thursday 5 October 2017

Friday 29 September 2017


Printing Tips

All students need to have money on their printing account before they can start printing. To do this, simply top up at any printing kiosk (see image above) located in our D.I.T. libraries.

You will be asked to enter your student number and you’ll be asked how much you want to put on your account. Click finish or print receipt.
You can also top-up your printing account online by going to www.ditprint.ie and entering your student number and 4 digit pin (1234). Click ePay and follow the instructions to top-up your account. Minimum top-up is €2 and maximum is €50 and can be paid by Visa or Mastercard.

You can print from any student PC, or your own laptop or mobile device. Students have the option of printing, copying or scanning. When using the printers, you will be asked for an ID code (see image), this is your student number, and you will then be asked for your 4 digit pin (1234). For more information on printing see www.ditprint.ie

Wednesday 27 September 2017


Your library record and pin

All DIT students have a library record which shows the books you have on loan and the dates they are due back. You can also renew and reserve items. This records allows students to access databases, ejournals and eBooks off campus.

To view your own library account online you will need to create a PIN as follows:
·         Go to www.library.dit.ie
·         Click on My Library and select My Account
·         Enter your ID number (this is your student number) and leave the PIN blank
·         Click on submit
·         You will then be asked to give a pin of your choosing

·         Or come into the library, with your student card, and we can create a PIN for you there.

Thursday 21 September 2017


     ·Undergraduate students – 6 items for 14 days
     ·Taught postgraduates – 10 items for 28 days
     ·Research graduates – 10 items for 90 days

*Note: Some of our more popular titles may have issues that are Library Use Only, and 7 day loans, in order to facilitate more students. 

For more information see borrowing


Student Cards

Every student must have a student card to access facilities such as the library, exam venues and some classrooms. To get your student card visit the student services centres at either Bolton Street, Aungier Street or Grangegorman. See opening times

*Note: Once you have your student card you must wait 24 hours for the card to activate before you can use it in your D.I.T. library.

For more information see  Student ID Cards