IYWC Services

The Irish Youth Work Centre is a specialised library, resource and information centre that caters to the needs of youth work practitioners.

It acts as a one stop research and documentation centre for those working in the youth work field containing  training materials, books, research and reports, periodicals and journals, organisational profiles, newspaper cuttings and government legislation.

The Irish Youth Work Centre was established in 1992 as an initiative of Youth Work Ireland (formly the National Youth Federation) and membership is open to the whole youth and community sector in Ireland and to anyone who works with or plans to work with young people.

Library Service

Membership is open to all; to join simply fill out the form (link below) and return to the address specified. Membership can be taken out individually or as part of a group. Membership is valid for one year.

Members can borrow up to four items on loan for a period of two weeks, with the option of extending, providing the item has not been requested by another. For members outside of Dublin, items can be posted out with the members incurring the charges if significant

You do not need to take out membership to browse the library. Just drop in to see what is available!

Research & Study Facility

The IYWC Research & Study Facility was established in 2004 and 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. It can accommodate up to 10/12 people at a time and study groups are welcome
In 2006 the IYWC extended the research facility to include an Internet Bay. Word Packages such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint are also avaialble on the pcs in the Internet Bay.

This service is open during normal library hours and time slots can be booked in advance on an hourly basis 01-8584512

The Research Facility is open Monday – Friday 9.30 a.m.-5.00 p.m. (closed 1p.m.-2p.m. for lunch).

You do not have to be a member of the IYWC to use the Research Facility and Internet Bay.

Library Contents

Our library collection includes

  • Youth & Community Work Related Book
  • Training Materials
  • Video/CD/DVD Library section specialising in Youth & Community Issues
  • Periodicals and Journals
  • Information Filing System of Newspaper Articles and Cuttings on Issues Affecting Young People and Youth Work
  • Organisational Profiles of Agencies in the Youth, Community, Business, Educational, Voluntary and European Sectors

Training Events

IYWC has run more than 80 sucessful seminars, training events and conferences to date. The events have tended to focus on issues related to working directly with young people such as Working with Minority Groups, Health Issues for Young People, Sexuality, Suicide, Bullying and Challenging Behaviour etc.

There is also a focus on practical workshops providing training tools and skills development for youth and community workers, on themes such as supervision and facilitation skills, youth work planning and evaluation, recording and reporting skills.


IYWC has its own publishing label the Irish Youth Work Press which has produced over 80 publications to date, including a wide range of reports, policies, guidelines and training manuals. The Press also publishes the Irish Youth Work Scene, a quarterly practice magazine for the sector and Youth Studies Ireland, an interagency professional youth studies journal.

These publications are aimed primarily at youth workers with the research topics chosen specifically due to either lack of alternative reserach, or a recognised demand by workers in the field. IYWC is also an official Irish sales agent for the UK publishing houses Russell House Publishing, Nightshift Publications & Directory of Social Change. We hold a wide range of their publications on site which are available for purchase at our web shop. Alternatively you can download a pdf copy of our Publications Catalogue for 2010

Irish Youth Work Press is also available as a publishing house to the youth work sector. Publishing/printing costs are not available but the Press can provide ISBN numbers for a publication, will arrange for its legal deposit, will publicise its availability to the sector and can add it to its sales stock.