Covid 19 update

Libraries reopened to the public from Tuesday 1stDecember.  Only Abbeyleix, Mountmellick, Portlaoise & Portarlington libraries will be available for browsing and borrowing.  Booking is advised prior to visiting, as spaces are limited to comply with social distance measures.  Certain times will be designated for those cocooning and those with children under 12 years.

The call and collect service and delivery to cocooners will continue to operate from these and Durrow, Mountrath, Rathdowney and Stradbally libraries.

See here for the current opening hours of your branch 

Services below will continue to be available. 

You can now join your library online at

Online Services

With your library membership details you can then access our online services, these include:
Borrowbox: Ebooks and Eaudiobooks
Pressreader: Newspapers
RB digital: Magazines
Universal Class: Various online courses
Transparent Language: Learn a new language
Jstor: Access to Academic/History Journals
Irish Newspaper Archive: Online access to historic newspapers
You can find helpful written instructions or videos of how to access these apps/sites on our website

For those of you interested in Local history, we have a beautiful new website

We are also very active on social media so for story times, craft ideas, Lego challenges, book and poetry suggestions, film discussions please find us on Facebook (Laois Libraries), Instagram (laois_libraries)and Twitter (LaoisLibrary). We also have a new blog which covers everything from old classic books to contemporary rock music

Regular Online Events

Storytime, will be delivered by the staff of Laois Libraries on Laois Libraries face book page, this includes:

Baby book club, 0-3 years Tuesday and Thursday, weekly at 10.30am.

Book bugs club, 4-7 years and

Rocket Readers 8-12 years Friday, fortnightly at 10.30am.

Adult Literature at Eleven, Thursday, fortnightly at 11.00am.


Delivery Service

Books can be delivered to those housebound or cocooning.  For further information see:



Please contact  these numbers for all library queries 

Portlaoise Library 057 8622333 and Library Headquarters 057 8594982 (Dial full Number)

Email : for more information.

Updates will be posted on the library website and on library social media channels.


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