Covid 19 Update

Library services have been extended according to government guidelines for 20th September 2021.  Below you will find information for your visit to the library and on other services available.

  • Library users will be asked to use a mask at all times unless exempt under Government guidelines
  • All patrons may 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.
  • Seating, study and access to PCs are available from 20th September 2021.   Building  capacity continues to apply so staff may need to limit the time you can spend in the library and we advise booking in advance.
  • WIFI printing and self-service photocopying and scanning will continue to be available at Portlaoise, Portarlington, Mountmellick and Abbeyleix libraries.  Printing/photocopying are available in Mountrath, Stradbally and Durrow libraries.
  • For the opening hours or contact details of your local library see here.

You can join your library online at

Delivery Service

Books can be delivered to those housebound or cocooning.  For further information:

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.

For a full list of upcoming events see here

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.