Thursday 15 December 2011

Amended pre-Christmas hours

Cathal Brugha St library will close for Christmas holidays at lunchtime, Thursday December 2012.

On the instruction of the Buildings Officer, the library will close at 5.15pm on the evenings of Monday December 19 - Wednesday December 21.

Normal opening hours will resume on Tuesday January 3rd.

Monday 12 December 2011

Extra books at Christmas

For the period of December 12 2011 to January 9, 2012 Cathal Brugha Street Library is allowing patrons to borrow up to 2 books above their normal borrowing allowances. 
For example, Cathal Brugha St. undergraduates who normally can take out a maximum of 6 books will be able to borrow up to 8 books over for this Christmas period. 
So no excuse for not studying over the holidays! 

Holiday Hours

Cathal Brugha St. Library will close for the Christmas holidays at lunchtime, Thursday December 22. 
We will be closed from Friday, December 23 through Monday, January 2. 
Normal hours will begin again on Tuesday, January 3, 2012. 
Have a happy Christmas. 

Thursday 24 November 2011

E-textbooks are here!

Here at Cathal Brugha St Library, e-textbooks are now part of our repertoire.

We now have a range of e-books including such standards as Clay's handbook of environmental health, Stephen Page's Tourism management, Chris Cooper's Tourism: principles and practice, Glenn Bowdin's Events management, John Cousins Food and beverage management and Stanley Cauvain's Baking problems solved.

Search for your desired textbook on the catalogue, and if it comes up as an "electronic resource" then you will probably be able to read it as an e-book on the screen in front of you.

There are legal restrictions on copying and downloading, but having the textbook to read on-screen is surely a real step forward!

Friday 28 October 2011

October Bank Holiday

Cathal Brugha Library will be closed this October bank holiday weekend - Saturday, Oct. 29 thru Monday, Oct. 31. 
We will reopen with regular term hours on Tuesday, November 1.
Have a happy Halloween. 

Thursday 13 October 2011

Early closing on 2 Thursdays

Cathal Brugha St Library regrets to inform all users that due to unavoidable staff shortages the library will have to close at 5.30 PM on 2 Thursdays, namely 20th and 27th October.

We do, however, expect to open all other Monday-Thursday nights, and all Saturdays (except that of the October bank Holiday) right through to the Christmas break.

Tuesday 4 October 2011

Cookbooks are here to stay (?)

A blogger confirms what we in this library are always saying: cookbooks are not going anywhere you know!

Wednesday 28 September 2011

Free food!

Apparently there is free food to be had in Dublin.  You just have to go looking (or foraging in fact) for it.  An article in the Irish Times yesterday - The City where the wild things are - describes what is available out there and how it can be cooked.  See the article by Catherine Cleary and maybe you could find your own windfalls. 

Monday 19 September 2011

Welcome back

Term hours begin today, September 19, in Cathal Brugha Street Library. Term hours are as follows:

Monday - Thursday:
09.00 - 21.00.
09.00 - 17.00.
10.00 - 17.00.

Tuesday 30 August 2011

Chocolate is good for you!

Good news for chocoholics everywhere. Apparently chocolate is good for us after all according to this Guardian article. Scientists in Cambridge studied the relationship between chocolate consumption and heart disease and found that eating chocloate is good for us because it is relaxing. So chill out everyone and enjoy those chocolately treats.

Friday 26 August 2011

Catalogue downtime, end of August

The DIT Library Millennium system, which controls the circulation and catalogue systems, will need to go down on Tuesday 30th and Wednesday 31st August for a system upgrade.

This means that the Library Opac catalogue will be unavailable for those 2 days, and that books will be issued and returned manually.

In addition, some re-carpeting of Library office and counter areas (but not of reading or other users' areas) is due to start this coming week.

However, there is no reason for readers to worry. All our services will continue to be delivered, albeit the old-fashioned way, and Library staff will be on hand at all times to help and advise readers.

Thursday 11 August 2011

Book disposals - help yourself!

A number of books on subjects, mainly on economics, law and social studies, have been removed from library stock to make space for newer books.

These books are available in the library until Friday August 26th.

Staff and students are welcome to come and take any of them.

Thursday 9 June 2011

Library closure, June 16th

The library will be CLOSED from 12pm on Thursday June 16th for the remainder of that day. This is to facilitate staff training, which is taking place at the annual library staff training seminar.

The library will be open from 9.30 up to 12pm. Normal Summer time opening will resume on Friday.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Tuesday 31 May 2011

A Brave New World at McDonald's but are we loving it ?.

Fast food is about to get a whole lot faster at McDonald's with the introduction to its restaurants in Europe of touch screen technology to make an order and swipe card technology to make payments. McDonalds estimate each transaction will be 4 seconds quicker. Efficiency, progress and innovation are mentioned by McDonalds in relation to this venture but then they would say that, wouldn't they? Is this the end of service with a smile?. Will this change the entire restaurant industry?. Let us know what you think and if you're still loving it.

Wednesday 25 May 2011

Out of Term hours for the Tourism and Food Library

The library at Cathal Brugha street will start its out of term hours from Monday the 3oth May.

We will be open Monday to Friday 9:30- 5:15pm.

We will not be open on Saturdays (including this Saturday 28th of May).

These hours will be in effect until the next academic year starts on the 19th of September 2011.

Tuesday 17 May 2011

Colour printer at Cathal Brugha St

Good news for those needing to print off colour documents in Cathal Brugha St campus. Our reprographics provider Ricoh have installed a colour printer in Cathal Brugha St. Library on a pro-tem basis.

The printer is available in the reprographic area at the same unit price as the monochrome copier/printers.

Monday 18 April 2011

Weirdest Ways to cook your food

Heston Blumenthal is the undisputed king of experimental cooking, no obstacle stands in the way of this chef so we decided to give him a run for his money. How about Salmon in the Dishwasher? Cooking a whole Salmon isn't the easiest of tasks given its size. It usually ends up in a fish kettle straddling two rings on the hob. So why not put it in the dishwasher? Dishwashers heat their water during the cycle and that heat is enough to poach a Salmon. The trick is to wrap your Salmon lightly in foil and run the dishwasher on the highest and hottest cycle and don't put detergent in but you knew that right?

Friday 15 April 2011

Easter Opening Hours at Cathal Brugha Street Library

The Tourism and Food library will be open the following hours over Easter:

  • Monday 18th April 9am-9pm

  • Tuesday 19th April 9am-9pm

  • Wednesday 20th April 9am-9pm

  • Thursday 21st April 9am-1pm

  • Friday 22nd April Closed

  • Saturday 23rd April Closed

  • Monday 25th April Closed

  • Tuesday 26th April Closed

  • Wednesday 27th April 9am- 9pm

  • Thursday 28th April 9am-9pm

  • Friday 29th April 9am-5pm

  • Saturday 30th April 10-5pm

  • Monday 2nd May Closed
Have a great Easter!

Thursday 31 March 2011

Library Open Every Saturday

The library at DIT Cathal Brugha Street will be open every Saturday from now until the end of the academic year (excluding Easter Saturday- April 23rd).

Our opening hours on Saturdays are from 10am until 5pm.

This is a great resource for students whether you want a place to study, books for your assignments, or simply to print off your work. All normal services that are available during the week are also available on Saturdays.

See for full details of our opening hours

Tuesday 15 March 2011

Tourism and Food Library Closed for St. Patrick's Day

The library at Cathal Brugha Street will be closed on Thursday 17th of March, St. Patrick's Day. We will reopen on Friday 18th of March. We will also be open on Saturday 19th of March.

Enjoy all the local parades and the fesitivities!

Tuesday 22 February 2011

Brilliant new source for environmental health

All you environmental health people in Cathal Brugha Street may be pleased to know that the library have now obtained a superb new 5-volume Encyclopedia of environmental health, published by Elsevier and with Dr Jerome O. Nriagu as editor-in-chief.

The encyclopedia contains articles ranging alphabetically from Air pollution to Zinc toxicity. Entries are extensively cross-referenced and each article is itself thoroughly referenced. It is also remarkably readable, and is therefore likely to be accessible right down the academic food chain to first-year undergraduates.

All interested persons are urged to treat themselves to a browse. It lives on the reference shelves at shelfmark 614.7

Wednesday 16 February 2011

*New Opening Hours*

From the week beginning February 28th 2011 the library at Cathal Brugha Street will be open 4 evenings a week. Our new openings hours will be Monday to Thursday 9am - 9pm, Friday 9am- 5pm and Saturdays from 10-5pm*.

We hope that these new opening hours will be of great benefit to students and staff alike.

*The only Saturdays we won't be open are Saturday the 26th of March and Saturday the 23rd of April.

Tuesday 8 February 2011

E-books. Anytime, anywhere!

No longer need DIT staff and students despair when they need a book and the library is closed. Be it Sunday night or the wee hours of Tuesday morning, over 35,000 of DIT library's books can be read from any computer at any time.

This collection includes the full-texts of many of the standard course texts in a variety of modules.

To access these books, and to learn more about them, check out

Or contact your local DIT library for more details.

Tuesday 1 February 2011

An excellent directory

There is a view these days that paper directories are out of date. That this is not so is proved by a new acquisition here in Cathal Brugha Street Library.

The new second edition of the World Directory of Business Information Sources, a 2-volume reference book, contains contact details for information on virtually every industry in every country on Earth.

This includes government bodies, media and publishing, industry organisations, educational and research institutions. It also has country by country listings for information sources on each sector of industry and on statistical sources for economic and market information.

A look at this directory is recommended for anyone who needs to get hold of commercial or economic information about the big bad world out there.

It is on our reference shelves at no.338.7025

Wednesday 26 January 2011

School of Culinary Arts & Food Technology Open Day

The School of Culinary Arts and Food Technology is holding an Information Open Day on Thursday the 14th of April 2011 between 2-4pm on the Cathal Brugha Street campus.

You will be able to learn first hand from current students and staff what it is like to study any of the school's innovative and exciting courses. Courses such as the BA in Culinary Arts, the BSc in Bar Studies Management and Entrepreneurship, or the BSc in Baking and Pastry Arts Management.

You will also be able to visit the kitchens, restaurants and bar and bakery departments.

For further information click here

Tuesday 25 January 2011

Evening closure, Tuesday 25 January

We regret that due to a staff shortage, Cathal Brugha St Library will have to close this evening (Tuesday 25th January) at 5.30pm.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused. We will be open again tomorrow from 9am -9pm.

Other DIT Library sites are open as normal.

Wednesday 12 January 2011

Wireless Printing Available From Personal Laptops

Do you have a laptop with you in the library and you want to print documents directly from it? Well now you can. All DIT libraries now have wireless printing available from personal laptops as well as the normal printing and photocopying service we provide from DIT computers.

To set up your laptop to be able to print to one of the DIT printers in the library simply follow these steps. You will only have to do this once and then each time you go to print you can simply select the printer that you want to print to from a list on your laptop. Its that easy.

Payment for print jobs from laptops works in the same way as other printing- you will need to input your student number and money will taken off your student card.

Now you don't have to leave your study desk in the library to send something to the printer!

Tuesday 4 January 2011

Examination Papers Available Online

All of the previous examination papers from the College of Arts and Tourism are available online through the library website.

Simply go to click on the Exam Papers link, click on Quick Link to Recent Exam Papers and then choose the College of Arts and Tourism. All exam papers are listed by year and then by module code.

If you have any trouble finding exam papers online please contact the library.

Please note: you will need the Student Intranet username and password to access the exam papers from outside the library.