The John J. Jennings Library

LibraryThe library was officially opened in Stewarts on 23 March 2000, and on 31 May. It was named after John J. Jennings, a former chairman of the hospital. The facility represents a new approach to addressing information needs and is the result of a partnership between the Department of Health and Children, Stewarts Care Ltd. and South Dublin County Council. The John J. Jennings Library, situated near the entrance to the Stewarts campus
The library facility is a joint initiative between Dublin Libraries and Stewarts. It is named after former Chairman John J. Jennings.

The library is popular with clients and staff alike. It has proven to be a valuable resource for those researching or just seeking a short break from the bustle of the campus.
The library serves the Palmerstown area as a part-time public library. Due to its situation in the main hospital grounds, it is easily accessible to over 1000 Stewarts day-attendance and residential clients, and it also caters for the information needs of 600 staff, many of whom reside in the Palmerstown area.

The partnership of public library and medical library brings a wealth of shared resources which particularly benefits people working and living in the intellectual disability field. A highly specialized Intellectual Disability and Nursing collection exists within the broader interests. There is also a small childrens collection. The library lends fiction and non fiction, CDs, DVDs, Cdroms, talking books etc. Our holdings are can be accessed by searching                                    

We are members of The Irish Health Care Libraries Group (a cooperative of Irish healthcare libraries sharing journal collections. Stewarts subscribe to almost 40 medical journal titles. Our databases and journal collections are available on the IDAAL website which we share with 4 other intellectual disability organizations.

The library strives to support research and study in accordance with the ethos of the hospital.

Computer/Internet access is free to all. One computer has assistive technology features.There are music listening and keyboard facilities, daily newspapers and magazines. A photocopier and printers are available for use.

The partnership of medical and public library is a unique and unusual one in Ireland. The aim of the service is to reflect the mission statements of both Stewarts and South Dublin Libraries and to make the library a welcoming place for people with intellectual disabilities and their carers.


Membership is free and open to all members of the public as well as staff, students and clients of Stewart’s Hospital. To become a registered borrower complete a membership form, which is available from the circulation desk. Photo identification and evidence of residence are also required. Membership is effective immediately. Members must adhere to the rules of all South Dublin County Council Libraries, a copy of which may be obtained from library staff.

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday 10 am to 4pm

A late evening operates from beginning of October to end of May on Thursdays until 7pm.

Saturday and Sunday Closed

Public Holidays Closed

Library Resources

  • Magazines
  • Daily newspapers
  • Children’s fiction and non-fiction
  • Adult fiction and non-fiction
  • Talking books – in CD and cassette formats
  • Easy readers
  • CDs
  • DVDs
  • Reference collection
  • Health sciences journals
  • Pamphlets and reports
  • Government Publications
  • Music facilities (keyboard and CD and cassette stereo)

Library User Facilities

A photocopier and printers are available for use. The cost is 10 cent per black and white A4 page.
Computer/Internet access is free to all. Advance bookings are recommended to ensure a place. Bookings may be made in person at the library circulation desk or by telephone (01 6518129). During busy periods, computer/internet sessions have a maximum duration of 15 minutes.

An additional computer has been adapted to suit individuals with intellectual disabilities by using assistive technology features. More information is available from library staff.

Useful Library Links

South Dublin Libraries homepage:
Here, library users may find out about the libraries branches at Ballyroan, Castletymon, Clondalkin, Lucan, Stewart’s Hospital, Whitechurch and Tallaght, and South Dublin’s 4 mobile libraries.

South Dublin Libraries Catalogue:
Search the online library catalogues of the above-mentioned libraries.

Borrow Books
Search the online catalogues of public libraries across Ireland and locate and request items not held by your own library service.

Stewarts homepage:
Learn more about Stewart’s Hospital, Palmerstown and the services it provides to individuals with intellectual disabilities.

The Health Service Executive

The Irish Health Science Libraries Group

The National Disability Authority

An Bord Altrainis


The Cochrane Library

Trinity College Dublin Library Catalogue

The British Library Catalogues

The Intellectual Disability and Allied Libraries homepage (IDAAL)

Contact Information

Senior Librarian Siobhan Mc Crystal 
Library Assistant Mary Roche 
Address The John J. Jennings Library,
Dublin 20.
Telephone + 353 1 6518129
Fax + 353 1 6261707

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    Dublin 20, Ireland.
  • Stewarts, Mill Lane, Palmerstown, Dublin 20
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