Covid 19 update

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

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.