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 http://www.librariesireland.ie/join-your-library

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  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

 

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 :  library@laoiscoco.ie for more information.

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