Portlaoise Library

Opening Hours

Tuesday: 10:00am-5:00pm

Wednesday: 10:00am-7:30pm

Thursday: 10:00am-7:30pm

Friday: 10:00am-5:00pm

Saturday: 10:00am-4:00pm*

Closed on Saturday of Bank Holiday Weekend

Contact Details

Phone: 057 8622333

Email: portlaoiselibrary@laoiscoco.ie

Address: Dunamaise House, Lyster Square, Portlaoise, Co. Laois, R32 X702


  • Borrowing service for Adults, Teens and Children including fiction, non-fiction, DVDs, CDs, magazines
  • Daily Newspapers available
  • Study desks (subject to availability)
  • PC usage and Internet browsing available for Adults, Teens and Children
  • Printing, photocopying and scanning available including Click & Collect service – see details here: https://www.printcopyandgo.com/print_locations/portlaoise/
  • Local History section
  • Europe Direct Information Centre
  • Library of Sanctuary

News & Events

For an up to date list of all upcoming library events, click here.

Autumn Events 2022

Offaly & Laois Libraries Presents an Online Webinar Series Parenting Support Programme

To register your booking please visit the link https://www.tickettailor.com/events/offalylibraries/  Booking required.

Dealing with Anxiety:  Helen Vaughan, IACP Accredited Psychotherapist, will host a one-hour webinar for parents on strategies for dealing with anxiety. This webinar will focus on Anxiety detailing how it works, why it exists and how to improve handling stress in a crisis. Helen Vaughan is a Psychotherapist, broadcaster & owner of Maynooth Counselling & Psychotherapy. She’s a regular contributor in the media on mental health issues, having worked as a radio and TV journalist for 15 years before becoming a therapist. Helen specialises in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which focuses on how our self-talk or thoughts affect our stress levels and how we can learn to think more usefully during a crisis. She also provides corporate webinars and workshops. This event takes place on Wednesday 5th October at 7.30pm-8.30pm. To make a booking please visit the link https://www.tickettailor.com/events/offalylibraries/  to register for Zoom link details.

First Aid for Parents: Paediatric First Aid Session focusing on lifesaving topics and medical emergencies. In this interactive first aid session, Parents First Aid will cover and demonstrate the two main lifesaving topics: Infant & Child CPR and How to deal with a Choking Infant & Child. Other medical emergencies such as Burns/Scalds, Bleeding, Seizures, Breaks & Fractures will also be discussed, with participants also been given the opportunity to ask questions of the instructors.  Parent First Aid was set by Peter Finnegan following his own medical emergency in October 2014, when his 2-year-old son started choking on a piece of fruit in the family home. This experience spurred Peter into enrolling in a First Aid class but unable to find anything suitable, he made the decision to set up Parent First Aid. This event takes place on Thursday 6th October at 8.00pm To make a booking please visit the link https://www.tickettailor.com/events/offalylibraries/  to register for Zoom link details.

Navigating Sleep from 4 to 10 years: In this webinar, Erica will offer advice and guidance giving you the tools to create healthy sleep habits for your child. Description: In this workshop, Erica will look at Why Sleep is So Important, What Happens when we Sleep, Child Sleep Challenges – What they are & Why they Happen. Erica Hargaden is a certified Child Sleep Consultant and member of the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants. When Erica found a sleep routine that worked for her own three children, she found friends coming to her for advice. This led her to train as a Paediatric Sleep Consultant and set up her own practice, Babogue. This event takes place on Wednesday 19th October at 8.00pm. To make a booking please visit the link https://www.tickettailor.com/events/offalylibraries/   to register for Zoom link details.


Baby Massage with Sharon Touhey, Bump & Baby 



Baby Massage is a baby-led class and is a wonderful experience that you can share with your baby. It teaches you the ancient art of baby massage and offers you and your baby many benefits, both emotional and physical, while meeting other parents and their little ones. Learn all about the benefits of baby massage for you and your baby. Did you know baby massage can help your baby sleep better and cry less? It also promotes feelings of love, safety, security and attachment. Learn how to massage your baby now, and how to adapt the massage for your growing baby. Learn new ways of managing things such as colic, wind and constipation. This events takes place on Thursday, 20th October at 11.00am, Portlaoise Library. Email portlaoiselibrary@laoiscoco.ie to register your place.

Free Mental Health Workshop 

“Five Ways to Wellbeing” with Mental Health Ireland Regional Development Officer Ms Finola Colgan. You are welcome to participate in our free Interactive Workshop that will include: Exploring Mental Health and Wellbeing Learn about the Five Ways to Wellbeing a useful resource to enjoy with your family and friends. This event takes place on Wednesday 19th October at 11.00am. Booking required.


Europe Direct Portlaoise Library 

Have you ever thought about volunteering in Europe? Want to know more and how to apply? Open to young people aged 18-30 years. Interested in volunteering service international? Then join us at Portlaoise Library for an information session on Wednesday 19th October at 7.00pm All welcome.

Classic Film Screening

In association with Laois Connects, Portlaoise Library would like to invite you to a screening of the classic 1938 comedy ‘Bringing up Baby’ starring Cary Grant and Catherine Hepburn. This event takes place on Wednesday 26th October at 11.00am All are welcome.

Regular Groups

Portlaoise Library Adult Evening Book Club Join us for monthly chats about books that you have read and would like to read. The group meet on the first Wednesday of every month. Next meeting takes place on 5th October at 6.30pm

Baby Book Club

Baby book club uses songs, stories, books and rhymes to build a foundation to literacy in your baby and toddler through sound awareness for ages 0-3years, fortnightly. Next meeting takes place on Thursday 6th October at 10.30am.

Young Adult Online Book Club

Join us at Laois Libraries for our new young adult online book club through Zoom. A book club is a great way of discussing books and different genre’s. This event takes place on Thursday 6th October at 6pm. Email portlaoiselibrary@laoiscoco.ie to register for Zoom link details.

Literature at Eleven

Do you love the social aspect of book clubs, but don’t want to commit to reading a whole book? Would you like to make new friends in your community? Portlaoise Library’s Literature at Eleven, Featuring poetry and prose readings by staff members, with tea, coffee provided and a chat about literature, life and lots more. Next meeting takes place on Thursday 13th October.

Genealogy Club

Join us at Portlaoise Library for our new genealogy club- chat with family enthusiasts and learn from their experiences your unique family history stories. The meeting will be held on  Thursday, 20th October at 7pm.

Saturday Storytime will take place on 22nd October at 11.30am in Portlaoise Library. Booking advised.

Radioactive Readers Book Club

Why not join us for monthly chats and fun activities.  Chat about books you like to read. The book club meet monthly on Thursday. Recommended reading for 6- 9 years. Next meeting Thursday, 27th October at 4pm.

Armchair Adventures Book Club

We’re thrilled to be bringing back our popular Armchair Adventures Book Club for Autumn 2022!  Join us for monthly chats and fun activities,  the group will meet on the last Friday of every month.  Recommended reading for 10-12 years. Starting on Friday 28th October 2022 at 4pm.

Chapter One Book Club

Do you like the idea of a morning book club? Portlaoise Library are hosting a new morning adult book club. This is a great way to get together as a group and talk about your shared passion for books and reading. The group will meet on the last Friday of every month. This will take place on Friday 28th October 2022 at 11am. All are welcome. Booking required.

Knitting Circle The Knitting Circle, Meet, mingle and trade yarns with local knitters! Come to a Knitters Meetup and have fun comparing patterns, sharing techniques and tips on stitches the group meet weekly on Wednesday mornings from 11am-1pm. All levels welcome.

Ciorcal Comhrá Whether you are fluent or have a cúpla focal, you are invited to join this Irish Conversation group. The group will meet for a chat so come along and Join us for our weekly chat in Irish – Irish conversation. Wednesdays at 5.30pm-6.30pm. All levels welcome



My Little Library Book Bag.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Have you a child thatstarted primary school this year? Then drop into Portlaoise library to collect your FREE My Little Library Book Bag. The library book bag is for all children starting school this year. To help children to navigate starting school, libraries have put together a bag of books just for them that can be collected at any library. The ‘My Little Library Book Bag’ initiative is a collaboration between libraries, the Department of Rural and Community Development, and the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth as part of the First 5 Strategy.

As part of the initiative, a ‘My Little Library Book Bag’ is available FREE for every child starting school in 2022 to help them to prepare for this big step. Children and their parents or guardians can collect the bags at any library throughout the country.

Each My Little Library Book Bag contains:

  • Three books on starting school, making friends and being comfortable to be yourself
  • A story card on going to the library
  • A postcard the child can write or draw on and send to their new teacher, or bring to give to the teacher on their first day at school
  • Their very own library card and special ‘My Little Library’ cardholder

Book bags are available in both Irish and English. Libraries can’t wait to welcome all the 4 and 5 year old children in to collect their book bags and begin their library membership journey. We hope that once they visit the library to pick up their book bag, our new library members and their families will come back regularly to keep their bag filled up with borrowed books and to take part in storytimes, classes and all the other events we have to offer at the library.

Online Activities

Why not visit our facebook page to see what’s on at your local library.  https://www.facebook.com/laoislibraries

you can visit our Instagram @Laois_libraries

and Twitter @LaoisLibraries

We continue to offer a range of services online including ebooks, eaudiobooks, newspapers and magazines which are all available for FREE with your library card. You can even sign up for a free course! You can visit our page on https://laois.ie/departments/libraries/online-resource/ to view all our online services available to you. if you need help accessing any of these services, please contact us. We also have many free events, activities from time to time in the library. Please visit our page link https://laois.ie/departments/libraries/whats-on/

For further details or to sign up for any of our groups, events and monthly newsletter. Please contact Portlaoise library on 057 8622333 or email: portlaoiselibrary@laoiscoco.ie