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The Combat Poverty Agency/Social Inclusion Division Library is a specialist social policy research library. Following the recent reorganisation of the Government’s administrative structures, the functions of the Social Inclusion Division have transferred to the Department of Social Protection and all staff have relocated to Gandon House, Amiens Street, Dublin 1. As a result of this reorganisation, access to the Social Inclusion Library, its services and facilities is currently unavailable. Further updates regarding library access will be posted in due course. Any inconvenience caused is regretted.

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The Library Collection

The Library has one of Ireland's largest collections on social policy, poverty, social exclusion and community development. All of the titles held by the library are recorded on our searchable online catalogue which may be accessed through the Catalogue Search link on the left.

The Library collection comprises the following:

  • Combat Poverty Agency Publications
    Complete collection of Combat Poverty publications from 1987 to 2009

  • Official Publications
    Government publications; Central Statistics Office publications, EU and UN publications

  • Serial Publications
    ESRI, NESF and NESC Reports

  • Journals
    Major academic social policy titles in print and online

  • Books and Reports
    Extensive collection on subjects including Irish and international social policy, poverty and social exclusion, rural development, urban studies, regeneration, housing, health inequality, educational disadvantage, community development, voluntary sector management, and research methods.


Reference & Information Services

The Library & Information Service provides a reference and information service on all subjects within our remit. This includes:

  • General information service on poverty and social inclusion
  • Advice on information and reference sources
  • Searches of online sources


The Library's collection is for reference only.


  • Wireless internet access
  • Photocopying - self service, free of charge
  • Study area
  • Public access PC for catalogue, online journal and web access
  • The library is fully accessible to people with disabilities.


Currently unavailable, as above.

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