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Early Childhood Education and Care: Books & eBooks

For students of Early Childhood Education and Care


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The easiest way to locate books in the library is to use the search box  SEARCH + FIND.

Library books are shelved according to subject area, using a numerical shelving system. Some useful shelf numbers:

  • 150 Psychology
  • 300 Social sciences
  • 320 Political science
  • 323 Civil and political rights
  • 344 Law
  • 360 Social problems and social services
  • 361 Social problems and social welfare
  • 362 Social welfare problems and services
  • 370 Education
  • 371 Schools and their activities
  • 372 Elementary education

When you search SEARCH + FIND, it will indicate the shelf number where the book is located. In some cases there will be three letters after the number; this makes shelving and retrieval easier.

Library Book Categories


Most of the books on the library shelves are in this category. Students may borrow up to four titles at any one time for one week.

Desk Reserve

These titles are shelved behind the Library Desk. They are for use in the library only.  They can be checked out onto student accounts for up to three hours.


Reference material is located on the ground floor, this material cannot be checked out. You will find dictionaries, thesaurus and encyclopedia in this section.

Government Publications          

This material is located on the reference shelving, most items are boxed according to the government department from where they are published. Government publications are library use only.

Finding Books and eBooks using SEARCH + FIND

  If you know the title or author type it in to the search box and choose the relevant button.  Alternatively try  keywords such as early childhood play. Then use the filters in the left-hand column of the results page to   narrow down your search.  Remember to be as specific as possible when searching for a topic. For print books you will see a green button ; this will lead you to the number of copies the library holds, the library location and the call number which tells you exactly where it is shelved. For example, type in Donohoe, Josephine and find Education and Care in the Early Years.  Type in the title, Early Childhood Education and Care: an introduction for students in Ireland




The big advantage of books in digital format is that you can access them when the library is closed.  Use your laptop, tablet or phone to read online or download to your device. The library holds collections of titles from various suppliers including Ebsco, Dawsonera and MyiLibrary.  Collections can change over time as new titles are added and others deleted.  The library also purchases ebooks outright (400 titles at the moment); we own them so they will always be available. You can search all the library's ebooks through SEARCH + FIND.  Then simply click on the green Full Text box to read it online or if you wish download the text.











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Free eBooks

Free eBooks

There are many free eBooks available on the Internet. These tend to be scanned originals that are out of copyright such as those on Google Books.

Other free eBook resources include:


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