Monday 18 December 2017

Monday 11 December 2017


If you are trying to access exam papers off campus, remember, you will need a username and password. Ask at the library desk for the username and password or email the library at

Thursday 7 December 2017


  •       There are different ways to search for journals on the catalogue, one of which is explained in the post ‘Using Journals’.
    ·         Remember to look out for the internet resource symbol, this will bring you to the eJournals or online journals (see image above). Not all journals are online.

  •        After you have clicked on the title you are looking for, you will see a link under ‘Connect to’ (see image above). Click on the link and you will be brought to the online journal.
  •     By accessing the journal through the library catalogue you will automatically be signed in, which will allow you to read the articles.

  •        The online journal will have different layouts to their home pages but look out for the word ‘Browse’ or ‘All issues’, or look out for the search box (see red arrows on image above).
    ·         With the search box you can search by subject (keyword), author, or title of article and you will be brought to a list of articles that should be relevant to your research needs.
    ·         If you know the year and issue of the article, use the search ‘All issues’ link. This will bring you to a list of articles published in this issue, scroll through the titles to find what you are looking for. 

  •          Remember, some publications put a one-year embargo on journals. This means you will not be able to access a journal from the last year. If you have, any queries email or ask at the desk.

Tuesday 21 November 2017

Public Gastronomy Lecture:
Is it time for a new flavour paradigm?

DIT School of Culinary Arts and Food Technology are delighted to announce a free Public Lecture by  Professor Peter Klosse of the Hotel Management School Maastricht in the KOS Lecture Theatre, DIT Cathal Brugha Street on Wednesday Nov 22nd 2017 at 18.15 followed by a cheese and wine reception in the Green Room Restaurant.
This is a Free Public Lecture and is open to students, graduates and the general public.
All Welcome!

Cathal Brugha Street Saturday Opening Hours..






Monday 13 November 2017


Finding a print journal

·         First students should go to the DIT library catalogue. Then, go to the drop down box and click on Journal Title (see image below).

·         Type in the title of the journal and click submit. You will be brought to a page with a list of journals that have the same name (see image below). When you see a global symbol (see arrows) under the journal title this means that it is available online.

·        Click on the first title and the location of the journal will be given (see image below). Make sure the journal is in Cathal Brugha library and then check the call #. If this is not the journal you are searching for click on next record.

·         Remember to look for the library has section (underlined in green above) this lets students and staff know how far back the print journals go. In the library we keep, at most, three years of a journal and later issues are kept in the Grangegorman store. If you require a journal from an earlier year, and it is available in store, you can request this journal at the library desk.

·        Print journals are kept in the back of the library, through the double doors on the right.

·        Newer editions are to the right and the back left of the journal room. Under the flap of the shelf you will find later editions from this year (see image above). Back issues from 2014-2016 are kept in boxes on the left-hand shelf.

Tuesday 31 October 2017


Looks like an exciting night out. Fireworks outside Cathal Brugha Library

Friday 27 October 2017


Murder most delectable’ is an anthology of short crime stories whose common elements include food, restaurants, and food preparation. 

Monday 23 October 2017


‘Drawn to the dark’ looks into the more mythical aspects of tourism, giving an insight into folklore’s such as: Krampus; Dante’s Florence; demons of Japan; Ireland’s mystical dead and much more… For the thrill seekers out there enjoy this guide to monster hunting at Cathal Brugha Street Library. 

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 16 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 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

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
·         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.