Libraries reopen from Monday 10th May
- Book your visit with your local library (except no booking required for adult library in Portlaoise Library). We will try to facilitate you if you forget but cannot guarantee a slot without a booking
- Library users will be asked to use a mask at all times unless exempt under government guidelines
- All patrons will be required to sign-in to monitor numbers and facilitate contact tracing.
- Our contact and Collect service will continue to run in tandem with the browsing by appointment. Just call your library to request a selection be made on your behalf. We will then give you a time to collect it
- The Book Delivery Service for those who are cocooning or medically vulnerable will continue. Please contact your library to arrange.
- The library cannot provide study space, seating or access to PCs at this time
- WIFI printing and self-service photocopying and scanning will be available at Portlaoise, Portarlington, Mountmellick and Abbeyleix libraries. Self-service photocopying Mountrath library
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 http://www.librariesireland.ie/join-your-library
With your library membership details you can then access our online services, these include:
Borrowbox: Ebooks and Eaudiobooks
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 https://laois.ie/departments/libraries/online-resources/
For those of you interested in Local history, we have a beautiful new website http://laoislocalstudies.ie/
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 http://libraryblog.laois.ie/category/blog/
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. https://www.facebook.com/LaoisLibraries
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 : firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Updates will be posted on the library website https://laois.ie/departments/libraries/ and on library social media channels.