Family Library and Resources

Bring a Book, Buy a Book Official Launch PhotoPat Kenny, Anna Shakespeare and students from St. Michael's House Special National SchoolsSt. Michael’s House Library and Resource Centre holds over 5,000 books and subscribes to 25 journals on intellectual disability, Autism and related subjects.

The lending library is open to our service users, families and staff and all are welcome to call in and borrow up to three books on loan for a three-week period.

To check if a book is available or to search for books by subject please click on the catalogue link.

The Ballymun Library Opening Hours.



IDAAL is driven by a group of librarians specialising in the areas of Intellectual Disability and Mental Health. St.Michael's House is one of the founding members of this group.

The aim of IDAAL is to provide up-to-date information which supports research, best practice and education across all our Services. You can access the IDAAL website here.

Requesting a Book

To request a book or article, please email Patsy Carton at or telephone the library directly 01 8840218.

Parent and Family Section

In this section we have books for parents and siblings, for example, parenting a child with special needs, sibling relationships, child development, disability awareness etc. Also in our child development section we have books on child psychology, social stories, social skills training and understanding and living with disability

Assistive Technology Centre

We hold a good selection of educational software adapted for special needs. Most recently we have purchased ipads with educational apps selected by our Home Teachers and Speech and Language team. Parents are welcome to call to the library and try some of the apps on the ipads with their children

Service User Selection

This area has a range of books covering a wide variety of topics that have been selected by our service users.

Children's Section

We have a wide selection of children’s story books including our sensory stories developed by our Home Teachers. All are available for parents to take out on loan

Multi-Sensory Stories

Our Sensory Stories are stories especially designed for children with Intellectual disabilities. They are stories in a box with props that appeal to the senses: smell, touch, sound, sight and taste. The boxes in circulation were designed by the Home Teachers Mairead Naughton and Maria Nolan with volunteer support and sponsorship by KPMG. The Award Winning Stories are available on loan to all families from the Library.

Did you know

  • The library holds over 5,000 books and subscribes to 23 journals on Intellectual Disabilities.
  • 1,520 Books were loaned from the library 105 Sensory stories exchanged in 2017- these are stories in a box appealing to the senses for children, sponsored by KPMG, Dublin.
  • Over 2,000 Families and service user visits for resources on health, education and community and use of computers in 2017.