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Young Curators  Multi-Media Project for Young People


The Library and the Pivotal Arts Studio (formerly FOMACS) showcased their Young Curators Project on Culture Night, Friday 21 September 2012.
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Young Curators pioneers a creative arts module encouraging young people including members of our local Chinese community, to explore visual arts curation and new media skills in the creation of a group exhibition using creative practice and digital design. Building on the exhibition China through the Lens of John Thomson, on loan from the Wellcome Trust from November 2011-February 2012, Young Curators explored 19th century photographs of Chinese men, women and children.  Young Curators developed a number of skills including street photography, writing as well as digital design and the results can be viewed on a purpose built website.

Special thanks to Crosscare Community Centre, The Arts Council, Dublin City Council and all the participants involved.


EU-China Year of Intercultural Dialogue 2012

2012 is the designated year to mark cultural relations between Europe and China. The Library is delighted to celebrate this with a series of exhibitions, events and partnerships.



TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2011


We are thrilled to have been awarded this certificate which certifies that the Library has achieved a TripAdvisor rating of 4.5 out of 5 by its visitors.  Comments include: 'Extraordinary collection', 'a rare world treasure', 'best museum in Dublin - a gem.' You can read complete reviews here.

 Islamic Seals Database 


In 2011, the Library launched its Islamic Seals Database, an online, interactive database of seal impressions found in the manuscripts of its Islamic Collections. Throughout the centuries, each time a manuscript passed to a new owner, that individual—whether a prince, sultan or someone of more humble origins—might impress his personal seal on one of the flyleaves of the manuscript, thus leaving a historical record of his ownership of it. Each seal usually bears the name of an individual and perhaps a date. Knowing who these persons were and when and where they lived can provide much valuable and intriguing information on the history of a manuscript. The database is designed to let anyone with an interest in Islamic art and culture and a knowledge of Arabic contribute to this exciting research project. The Islamic Seals Database is part of the larger Arabic Manuscripts Project, a project aimed at producing a new, comprehensive catalogue of the Library’s more than 2600 non-Qur’anic Arabic manuscripts.
We would like to thank The Islamic Manuscript Association (TIMA) for its generous funding of this project.


Library launches Mobile Website 


The Library has launched a mobile version of its website for smartphone and handheld computer users.  The mobile website will enable people to access basic information on the CBL quickly and easily.  While it will have special appeal for tourists, who are by definition mobile, it will appeal to anyone planning a visit or just interested in getting information on the Museum. The mobile site has the same overall look and feel as the main CBL website. The number of images and pages is contained however, to facilitate faster download.  The result is a rich, icon-driven mobile website that can be accessed quickly and easily on the go.
The new mobile website was developed with support from the Department of Tourism, Culture and Sport. 
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