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Ask the Librarian

Ask The Librarian by Offaly Libraries 

Offaly Libraries has an email service called “Ask the Librarian”. You can use it to make queries via e-mail about your library account, help with accessing our online resources, our services and signposts to other useful resources online, in the local community and further afield.

This special service has the e-mail address

E-mail your question to this address and a member of our library staff will endeavour to find the answer, drawing on the collective experience of the Offaly Libraries team and making use of all our resources to find you the answer and to help you get the most from your library service.

You might want to know how to access e-books, e-magazines or online newspapers. You might have forgotten your library PIN, you may have a local studies query or wonder what online activities we are planning. Whatever library related query you may have, will aim to answer it.

“Ask the Librarian” can help you to follow Hermione Granger’s philosophy of “when in doubt go to the library” . With the library can become part of your toolkit for navigating the virtual world of information. As author Neil Gaiman said, “Google can bring you back 100,000 answers. A librarian can bring you back the right one”.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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 and in Ireland?

Yes. You can now have full access to all Libraries in Ireland with your Offaly Libraries membership card.

For more information about the location of the different Offaly libraries please see here.

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, the internet and Wifi. For more information on all IT services, please see here.

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

No.  There are now no fines for late return.  This applies for the whole of Ireland.

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?

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?

For information on all borrowable items in the library, please see here.

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.

For your information, the Offaly County Council privacy statement is available here:

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