Therese Brady Bereavement Library – Irish Hospice Foundation

The Irish Hospice Foundation’s Therese Brady Library and Information service is Ireland’s only dedicated specialist library with a focus on bereavement, palliative care and end-of-life care. The library is central to the Bereavement Information and Education functions of the Irish Hospice Foundation. These include an Msc in Bereavement Studies, a Professional Certificate in Children and Loss and workshops on bereavement, loss and end-of-life care.

Bereavement Library

The library collection includes topics such as:

Bereavement Bibliotherapy Collection

As part of the Irish Hospice Foundation’s bereavement support services members of the public who have been bereaved can borrow from the library’s bereavement bibliotherapy collection.

Access and membership

The library is open to all Irish Hospice Foundation staff and affiliates, students currently enrolled on Irish Hospice Foundation Education courses. Professionals, students and researchers who want to have continued access to the collection and to access the library’s electronic resources can sign up for library membership. Full details of access and membership options are available HERE.

Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) Library

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) Library is located on the second floor of the National Blood Centre on the St James’s Hospital campus in Dublin 8.

They deliver a Library and Research Service to the IBTS and provide access to resources to meet the research and education needs of IBTS staff as well as visiting students/registrars.

Collections and Services

The IBTS Library is a specialist Library for Transfusion Medicine, the branch of medicine that is concerned with the process of collecting (donation), testing, processing, storing, and transfusing blood and its components. The Library holds core text books and print and online journals as well as industry relevant manuals, standards and guidelines.

Subjects covered by the library book and journal collections include:

They also hold articles, publications and theses written by former and current IBTS staff. Their non-medical book collection has been expanded in recent years to include publications on Marketing, Management, Organisational Behaviour, Human Resources, Leadership, Psychology, Sociology, Marketing and Self-Development.

Visiting the IBTS Library

Health service professionals and anyone with an interest in the field of Transfusion Medicine can visit and use facilities free of charge. There are three quiet study desks available for use in the main Library. Access to the collection is reference only and books and journals cannot be borrowed by visitors.

Library Services Brochure (pdf link)

Opening hours

The Library is staffed by a Research Officer/Librarian and a Library Assistant and is open from 10.00am to 4.00pm Monday to Friday.

If you would like to make an appointment please contact (01) 432-2848 or email the Librarian at 


Dementia Services Library – St James’s Hospital, Dublin

Dementia Services Information and Development Centre

The Dementia Services Information and Development Centre’s education facility is located on the sixth floor of Mercer’s Institute for Successful Ageing, St James’s Hospital, Dublin.

It hosts the only dementia specific library in Ireland.  The layout has been carefully designed to encourage interactive learning and provide opportunities for small group tutorials and discussions.

The Education Centre provides resources and materials aimed at improving understanding of all aspects of dementia. It meets the learning needs of clinicians, practitioners and researchers. The Centre houses a wide range of books and reports addressing practice, policy, research and clinical issues in dementia.

The centre also features audiovisual facilities, examples of assistive technologies and a selection of local and international journals, some of which can be accessed electronically.

Visiting the dementia services information and development centre

Health service professionals and anyone with an interest in dementia can visit and use the facilities free of charge.

Access to the library is reference only and books and journals cannot be taken out on loan. If you would like to visit the Centre please contact us at or call 01 4162035 to arrange an appointment.

The facility is open from 9.00am to 4.00pm Monday to Friday.