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Dublin 6


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Sutherland Library

Buy a book scheme

We are always very grateful for any donations to the library. A ‘wish list’ has been compiled on to give some guidance on what the library needs. It can be found here.

At this stage you have two options. You can order one of the books online and have it delivered directly to the school or to your home. Or you may prefer to buy one of the books from a bookshop. If you select this option, we would ask that you phone the school or email the school librarian, Ms Siobhan McNamara, at and tell her so that she can take it off the online list. We would also be grateful for donations of books that are not on the list provided they are in good condition and suitable for a school library. If you would like to write a dedication inside the front cover, please do so.

We would also like to increase the stock of non English-language books in the library, but does not stock very many of these. If you would like suggestions for titles in Irish, French, German or other languages, please contact us.

The library is located at the main entrance to the school and has a variety of resources, such as books (fiction/non-fiction/reference), magazines, DVDs, computers with internet access, and careers information.

The library also subscribes to electronic resources such as the Oxford English Dictionary and JSTOR.

There are 70 study desks, two project rooms, and a reading corner with comfortable seating.

The purpose of the library is to provide a welcoming, calm space where students and staff can research, study and read, to give access to good-quality fiction books, general reference works and resources which complement the various curriculum subjects, and to help students develop effective research skills.


Library Opening Hours

Monday: 8 am – 6 pm

Closed for lunch period 9 (1.30 – 2.10 pm)

Tuesday: 8 am – 6 pm

Closed for lunch period 9 (1.30 – 2.10 pm)

Wednesday: 8 am – 4 pm

Closed for lunch 12.50 – 1.30 pm

Thursday: 8 am – 6 pm

Closed for lunch period 9 (1.30 – 2.10 pm)

Friday: 8 am – 4 pm

Closed for lunch period 9 (1.30 – 2.10 pm)

The library is also closed for MORNING BREAK
(10.30 – 10.50 am) every day.

Search Library Catalogue online here.


Spelling bee on 29 Nov

Well done to six students who took part in a spelling bee in Alexandra College library with competitors from three other schools. Turlough Hannon (3D) won the competition and Matthew O’Dwyer (6D) came second. Padraig Sheehy, Jack Doherty, Ross Buckley and Domhnall Ryan all took part too and gave impressive performances despite some very tricky words and tough opposition.

Well done who everyone who participated in this year’s Readathon, and many thanks to their sponsors. Altogether the boys read 186 books and raised €1214.50 for the Multiple Sclerosis society.

School librarian:     Ms Siobhan McNamara


All students and staff are automatically set up with library accounts.

Students can borrow up to four items at a time.

Books can be kept for three weeks, and DVDs for one night.