The Government has agreed that Level 5 (with some amendments) as set out in the Plan for Living with COVID-19 will continue to apply nationally until further notice. The Government has clearly stated that there is a continued 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 have reopened to the public for Browsing Services and Contact & Collect since 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.

About Universal Class Courses


Universal Class


Why not Try something NEW today!


  • Offaly Libraries’ members can now access FREE online courses, choose from over 400 courses.
  • You can register for up to 5 courses at once, and there’s no commitment to a course if you change your mind.
  • Learn in your own time and at your own pace.
  • The courses can be completed at home on you own device or on library computers – each course has video based learning with written transcripts
  • You will receive a certificate on completion of courses
  • Each course is available online 24 hours a day
  • You will also have access to a real online tutor, who will assess your work and be available to answer your questions, making sure you have the support you need
  • Registration is quick and easy, so sign up today and take a look at the full range of courses available


Register for this service (You will need your library barcode).


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