This week (Nov 11th to 15th) is Library Ireland Week, a week long celebration and promotion of libraries and information services of all shapes and sizes around the country.
The first dedicated bereavement library in Ireland
Did you know that the Irish Hospice Foundation’s Therese Brady Library was the first specialist bereavement library in Ireland and holds the largest collection of bereavement material in the country?
Opened in 2003, the library is named after the late Therese Brady, former Director of Postgraduate Training in Clinical Psychology at UCD who developed the Irish Hospice Foundation’s Bereavement Services in the late 1980s. Therese’s collection of books on bereavement theory were bequeathed to the IHF on her death and from there the library developed.
Over time the Therese Brady Library has developed to reflect the activities and core projects of the Foundation in particular our education courses; the PGDip/Msc in Bereavement Studies and Certificate in Children & Loss. The current collection stands at about 4,000 items which can be browsed on our library catalogue HERE
We also provide access to over 8,000 journal titles including specialist bereavement and end-of-life publications through our e-resources, as well as a growing collection of ebooks, webinars and multimedia material.
Each year the library responds to hundreds of information and resource requests from professionals and researchers in the areas of Palliative care, Gerontology, Social work, Psychology, Pastoral care, Schools and health and community services. If you are a professional and want to learn more or want to sign up for our weekly current awareness ezine which provides details on new articles and publications in the field of bereavement research, click HERE
We also provide access to information and supportive reading material for members of the public who are coping with grief. Our supportive reading lists are available HERE
Access to the library is available by appointment to external researchers and members of the public, more details HERE
Check out THIS video to find out more about the ways all sorts of libraries across the country are helping people to ‘Think Outside the Book’
Happy Library Ireland Week to all the information seekers out there.