DCAL’s vision for the public library service is: ‘A flexible and responsive library service which provides a dynamic focal point in the community and assists people to fulfil their potential’.
What we do
DCAL funds the public library service, which, from 1 April 2009, is administered by the Northern Ireland Library Authority, known as Libraries NI.
In recent years libraries have introduced new services such as free internet access in all libraries across Northern Ireland. There has also been significant investment in new library buildings to improve and modernise the public library service.
Websites of interest
Digital Resources NI is a database of projects that have been undertaken by libraries, museums and archives in Northern Ireland to digitise their collections. The Library and Information Services Council, Northern Ireland (LISC), with the co-operation of all the partner institutions, has developed this database and will continue to add to the records as more digital collections become available. Please Click Here
This database records the maps listed in A Union List of Belfast Maps to 1900 published by the LISC Local History Panel in 1998. The initial intention of the database is to give researchers easy access to information about the original maps including their locations. Please Click Here