The Government has agreed that Level 5 as set out in the Plan for Living with COVID-19 will apply nationally until May 17th 2021. The Government has clearly stated that there is an absolute need to minimise the level of mobility and congregation of people in order to reduce all opportunities for transmission of the virus.

Please note that our library buildings will re-open to the public for Browsing Services and Contact & Collect from Monday, May 10th. Please see Library Page.

Consequently, and in line with current public health guidance, the Offices of Offaly County Council are closed for walk-in services to support this reduced mobility policy.

Public access cannot be facilitated during LEVEL 5 restrictions. Therefore, Offaly County Council services will be available by telephone, email, online post and only where absolutely necessary and in exceptional circumstances by appointment. Please read latest information.

Summer Stars at Offaly Libraries

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Summer Stars is the Right to Read National Summer Reading Programme for children that runs from the 15th of June until the end of August. For 2020, the programme will be delivered online with lots of fun activities planned for Summer Stars 2020, including the following:

Activities for Summer Stars 2020:

  • Summer Stars Art Competition: As part of Summer Stars, Offaly Libraries are asking you to draw your library!  Download your application form here!  

  • Summer Stars BorrowBox: Browse, borrow, read and listen to the Summer Stars collection of children’s e-books and e-audio books through the library’s BorrowBox app. This is free for all members to use from anywhere, anytime. Non-members can join online for free at

  • Online Storytime: Summer Stars story time will be delivered by library staff and Irish authors including chapter-a-day readings from books, available through Offaly Libraries social media pages. Click HERE to view our Summer Stars Online Stories.   

  • Summer Stars LEGO Board Game: Print out and play your very own LEGO board game, created by Offaly Libraries, or ask in your local library for a copy. Click here to Print pages 1-5 for the board game and instructions.

  • Story Competition: As well an enjoying the amazing worlds of books, Summer Stars is also celebrating children’s imaginations by running a short story competition, An Unexpected Adventure. There are three age categories with great prizes for all the winners and runners-up.  Click HERE for further information on the competition.

  • Books: Offaly Libraries are delight to say that we are now providing Summer Stars book lending services to children via our Contact and Collect and Browse By Appointment services.

  • Reading cards and reviews: Children can track their reading progress with reading cards which can be marked each time a book is read, online or in print form. Download your Reading Card HERE.
    A reviews section on allows readers to upload their views on what they have read.

  • Online Quizzes: Offaly Libraries will provide Summer Stars online quizzes and scavenger hunts over the period, details will be posted on social media. 

Fun Activities to Print

Summer Stars 2020 Art CompetitionDinosaurs on books SS

Summer Stars 2020 Activity Sheet

Summer Stars 2020 Book Review Sheet                        

Summer Stars 2020 Create Your Own Story Sheet

Summer Stars LEGO Board Game

Summer Stars Online Readings with Offaly Libraries