Frequently Asked Questions

Can I search the library catalogue from home?

Yes. You can search the Online Catalogue from home. You can also request and renew books online.

Can I use any library in Offaly?

Yes. As a member of Offaly County library you can borrow and return items to any library in Offaly. You can also renew your membership in any of the 8 branch libraries.

For more information about the location of the different libraries please see the Your Local Library Section of this website.

Can I use computers in the library?

Yes. All of the libraries in Offaly have computers available for public use. It is free to use a computer but there is a charge for using the Internet of €0.60 per 15 minutes. More information about computers and Internet can be found at the PC & Internet Access section of this website.

Do I have to pay a fine if I bring something back late?

Yes. Fines are charged at a rate of €0.05 per item per day.

How do I join the library?

To join the library you need to:

  1. Fill out the application form in the library or online
  2. Supply a form of photo identification and proof of address to library staff.
  3. Join the library for FREE.

How do I renew my books?

Items can be renewed if not required by another library users. You can renew your items in the following ways:

  • In person in the branch by bringing your card to library desk or on the self service machines where applicable.
  • Online by logging into Your Account
  • By phoning your local library

How many items can I borrow and for how long?

How many items can I borrow and for how long?

Loan Period for items  21 days
Loan Period for DVDs21 days
No of items that can be borrowed at one time12 items
No of Games that can be borrowed at one time1 item

Where can I find information about local history / genealogy?

All libraries have a collection of books of local interest. There is a Local Studies Department in Tullamore and Birr Libraries for more detailed queries. Please see the Local Studies and Archives Service Section for more information.