Portlaoise Library News & Events

Laois  County Library Service has closed all public libraries in Laois  as a precautionary measure following public health advice relating to the Covid-19 outbreak and cancelled all upcoming library events. Libraries will be closed from Friday 13th of March to Sunday 19th April, inclusive.

Updates will be posted on the library website https://laois.ie/departments/libraries/ and on library social media channels.


Patrons can still access the full range of online services – eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines,  on the library website:https://laois.ie/departments/libraries/online-resources/

Laois  County Library Service  apologise  for any inconvenience caused and hope to resume normal service as soon as possible.

Library staff  are working behind closed doors if you need information on your PIN number for the  online services  . Please contact  your local library; https://laois.ie/departments/libraries/branch-libraries/ or Library Headquarters at 0578594982 /0578594983/0578594985 (please use full number when dialling).

Email :  library@laoiscoco.ie for more information.

Healthy Ireland

Childhood Wellbeing and Anxiety with Dr Mary O’Kane, All children worry at times, but for increasing numbers of young children it can be a real challenge to manage their anxiety. Dr Mary O’Kane, lecturer in psychology, early childhood studies and education will show parents how to gain the tools to understand and support childhood anxiety and mental wellbeing.  Portlaoise library in association with Healthy Ireland are delighted to host this free talk offering parents practical advice on how to support children with anxiety. This event takes place on Wednesday, 29th April at 6pm. Booking essential.

Free Basic Computer Classes – Getting Citizens Online

Are you working in the rural community, farming, a senior citizen, unemployed or part-time employed? Irish Rural Link are holding classes in Portlaoise LibraryThe library is now taking bookings for new classes TBC. Booking essential.

Free Smart Phone Tutorial   

Would you like to learn a bit more about your Phone, Tablet, or Ipad? Then this class is perfect for you. Third Age is holding classes in Portlaoise Library every Wednesday afternoon, 2-4pm. The course is free of charge, Booking is essential. Bookings to be placed with Third Age Ireland, contact Number 046-9557766.

Genealogy Club

Connecting people, past and present. The club meets on the third Wednesday of each month in Portlaoise Library. New members are welcome.  Monthly meetings will offer the opportunity to chat with like minded family history enthusiasts, learning from their experiences and sharing your unique family history stories. New members are always welcome.

Literature at Eleven

Reading aloud, 11-12pm. The group meet fortnightly. Do you love poetry and literature but do not have the time available to join a book club?  Do you like the idea of listening to poetry and prose reading and discussing them with a group? We will provide tea and coffee, if you would be interested in joining our group, participating or listening, feel free to come along.

Baby Book Club

The baby book club is based on the “Every Child Ready to Read @ your Library”,  This is an American programme which was developed by the Public Library Association and the Association for Library Service to Children with the aim of libraries having a greater impact on early literacy through an approach that focuses on educating parents and caregivers. Everything within the programme is evidence based. We have adapted this programme for an Irish setting but the content remains evidence based and backed by research.

The premise behind it is very simply that children are learning to talk & read from the moment they are born through interactions with their carers and the 5 components which help boost early literacy (0-3 years) and help to get children reading-ready are Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing, & Playing. Each Baby Book Club session is based on these 5 components. The baby book club will meet weekly on Thursday, 10.30 am. Suitable for 0-3 years. Booking advised.

Bookbugs Club

The book club meet monthly on Friday, 3.30pm-4.30pm. Recommended for 4-7years. Booking essential.

Junior Book Club

The book club meet monthly on Friday, 3.30-4.30pm. Recommended for  8-12 years. Booking advised.

Adult Book Club

Portlaoise Book Club meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 6.30 pm.  This month they are reading…

Board Games Club

Weekly meet -up to play board games with like minded adults in Portlaoise Library Wednesdays,  7.30pm. Scrabble, ticket to ride, chess and many more. Booking advised.

Ciorcal Comhrá

The Ciorcal meet each Wednesday at 5.30 pm to chat about anything and everything through Irish.  All welcome along – beginners to advanced.

Knitting Group

The Knitting Group meet in the library on Wednesday mornings from 11 am until 1 pm. New members are always welcome to join.

For more information about any of our events, please feel free to contact the library at 0578622333 or you can email: laoislibrary@laoiscoco.ie.