The Youth Arts Library is a collection of reports, publications and periodicals compiled by NYCI’s Arts Programme over the years as a means of supporting professional development in arts practice with young people. It has been used by students, researchers, youth workers and artists looking for specific information on youth arts practice and policy in Ireland and abroad or generally seeking to find out more about this kind of work.
Previously only available as a reference library at NYCI’s offices, the library is now located at the Irish Youth Work Centre (IYWC), an initiative of Youth Work Ireland, based at the Youth Work Ireland offices, 20 Lower Dominick Street, Dublin 1. The Centre provides an information, library and training supports service to youth and community workers throughout the country. It acts as a one-stop research and documentation centre developed to respond to the varied information, research and training support needs of those who work in the field and is the leading information and resource centre for youth related issues in Ireland.
Becoming part of the IYWC means that publications within the youth arts library will now be available on loan to members of the Irish Youth Work Centre. Members can borrow up to four items on loan for a period of two weeks. For members outside of Dublin, items can be posted out with the members incurring the charges if significant. The Youth Arts Library publications are included in the searchable database and online catalogue available on the Youth Work Centre website at http://www.iywc.ie/youth-arts-library allowing members and others to check what is available before visiting or contacting the centre.
For those who don’t want to become members, the library is also accessible through the IYWC Research & Study Facility which is run in conjunction with the IYWC library and provides an ideal location to access reports, publications, government legislation, training materials & periodicals within the peaceful surrounds of a modern study area.