About us

About us

Saint John of God Library & Information Services is a staff library based in 2 different locations:

Saint John of God Hospital Library, Stillorgan has a particular focus on Adult Mental Health and on Intellectual Disabilities, while the Library in Lucena Clinic, Rathgar specialises in Child and Adolescent Mental Health.

Both libraries have online resources as well as a selection of print journals, books and DVDs. Both libraries have a reading area and photocopy facilities and PCs are available for staff and student use.

Library stock held on site (Books, DVDs etc) can be searched for and requested online.

To borrow books, you must be an employee of Saint John of God Services and a member of the library.

New members, click HERE for membership and password or contact the library


The library subscribes to the following databases: Medline, CINAHL, PsycINFO, Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection (www.idaal.com) as well as other online resources such as the BNF, Maudsley Prescribing Guidelines (See Homepage).

The library helps you to find the information you need, no matter how much or little experience you have in searching.

For Adult Mental Health as well as Intellectual Disabilities:
Saint John of God Hospital
Co. Dublin
(Include MAP)
Bus Routes: 46A, 145, 75

For Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Lucena Clinic
59 Orwell Road
Rathgar, Dublin 6
(Include MAP)
Bus Routes: 14, 14C, 15B (stop outside clinic) 15, 65, 65b (stop a short walk away)

Saint John of God Hospital, Stillorgan:

Mon-Thu 9.00-5.00

Fri 9.00-4.30

Lucena Clinic, Rathgar:

Tues 9.30-5.30*

Fri 9.30-5.00*

* Librarian available but ring 01 4999309 to confirm.

Justin Smyth

Head of Library Services, St John of God Research Foundation



Our Mission

Since its foundation in 1882, the mission of Saint John of God Hospital is to bring healing, care and wholeness to people who have mental illness or psychological and emotional problems.
Assessment, treatment, rehabilitation and care are provided in accordance with the highest professional standards and always in keeping with the ethos and caring traditions as modelled for us by Saint John of God.

Our Values

The values of Saint John of God Hospitaller Ministries are Hospitality, Compassion, Excellence, Justice and Respect.

The Saint John of God Hospitaller Services aims to ensure that people availing of its services receive the highest quality care, education, training, treatment or assistance in accordance with their needs.

Saint John of God Library & Information Services supports this mission by providing staff with information which assists in their day-to-day work with service-users and ensures that they are kept up-to-date on new ideas in their respective fields, supports those involved in research and facilitates development of their professional skills through further education.
For information on the Saint John of God Hospitaller Services in Ireland, with links to the Order's services worldwide, visit www.sjog.ie


Saint John of God was born in Montemor O Novo, Portugal, in 1495. When eight years old, John was placed into a JohnOfGodfamily in Oropesa in Spain and later became a shepherd. Twice he enlisted in the Spanish army against the French and later the Turks. After being discharged from the army, he ultimately made his way in 1538 to Granada, where he made a living as a bookseller.

John’s life was totally changed after hearing a sermon preached by Saint John d’Avila in Granada. His response was very dramatic when he became acutely aware of God’s love for him and the emptiness of his life in return. His distressed appeal to God for mercy and forgiveness led to his incarceration in the Royal Hospital for the mentally ill. As a result of this experience, John took up the call to serve the poor and the sick because of the mistreatment of patients he had witnessed and experienced in the hospital. He was offered shelter in the porch of the home of Don Miguel Venegas where he brought his first patients. It was through this venture that John came to gather the support of many people and particularly the encouragement of the Bishop of Granada who gave him a distinctive form of clothing, thus sowing the seeds of the Hospitaller Order of Saint John of God. Others followed in his work, and his way of life continued after his death in 1550.

In 1630, John was declared Blessed by Pope Urban VIII and was later declared a Saint and canonised in 1690 by Pope Alexander VIII. In 1886, he was proclaimed patron of hospitals and the sick, and in 1930 he was further proclaimed patron saint of nurses and their associations by Pope Pius XI.

“For the love of God, do good for yourselves by doing good for others.”

Saint John of God

Saint John of God Hospital
Stillorgan, Co. Dublin
Opening Hours:
Monday-Thursday 9AM - 5PM
Friday 9AM - 4.30PM

Lucena Clinic
59 Orwell Road, Rathgar, Dublin 6
Opening Hours:
Tuesday 9:30AM - 5:30PM
Friday 9:30AM - 5.00PM
Librarian available but ring 4999309 to confirm.

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