Online Resources


Laois Library Service now have access to 5 new E Resources and Ebooks services. Borrowers will need to have their library card (number) to access them and in some cases will need to create an account with the resource provider.  If you do not have a library card you may register online here.

If you have any difficulty using the resources below please contact  your local library; ,  Library Headquarters at 0578594982 /0578594983/0578594985 (please use full number when dialling) email

We provide a variety of events online through Zoom and social media.

For story times, craft ideas, Lego challenges, book and poetry suggestions, film discussions please find us on Facebook (Laois Libraries), Instagram (laois_libraries), Twitter (LaoisLibrary) and YouTube(Laois County Library Service). We also have a new blog which covers everything from old classic books to contemporary rock music

Online Newspapers

Press Reader allows access to hundreds of international newspapers in different languages from around the world.

This service can also be access via app for Apple or Android by looking for PressReader.

Video guide on how to access Press Reader

To use the service, library patrons with valid library cards should sign in and then choose the library and groups options. From there choose Laois  or type in Laois to opt for Laois County Library’s access to this service.  After selecting Laois , please enter your library card number (14 characters). You will be granted 30 days complementary access.

After 30 days, merely sign out and sign back in again to continue using the eNewspapers.

A guide to access is attached here  guide to Press Reader





Bolinda and its App Borrowbox is the new Ebooks site for all public libraries. This service gives free access to the Ebooks and Audiobooks, access is via library card number and pin number. Users can also download the app.

Video guide on how to access Borrowbox


Online magazines

Our online magazines are now available through Overdrive’s Libby App. Download the Libby App, find your library and enter your library card number to begin.  You may also click here to register. You can also find help to navigate the Libby.



Online Classes

Universal Class





A video on how to access Universal Courses is available here


Language Learning 

Transparent Language Online service is now live and available for user access.

A video guide on how to access Transparent Languages is available here


To access the service or set up a new account users should log in to the page linked below:


You may also access Transparent Languages via an app.  Please find instructions to help download an App



Journal Collections

JSTOR (pronounced JAY-stor; short for Journal Storage) is a digital library founded in 1995. Originally containing digitized back issues of academic journals, it now also includes books and primary sources, and current issues of journals. It provides full text searches of almost 2,000 journals. A video guide on how to access JStor is available here-



Irish Newspaper Archives



The most widely used resource in the Local Studies Department is the newspaper collection.

This comprises of: The Leinster Express 1831 – 2001 on microfilm and hardcopies from 2002 to the present;

The Nationalist 1883 – 2004 on microfilm and hardcopies from 2005 to the present;

Some copies of the Leinster Independent on microfilm.

The Leinster Express from 1831-1949 is now available online in all public libraries in Laois. The paper has been digitised and is searchable via