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.

eNewspapers & eMagazines


PressReader is a website and app that connects you with the world’s best newspapers and magazines. You have FREE access to 7000+ publications from 120+ countries in 60+ languages with your library membership. PressReader offers an endless list of newspapers and magazines for you to explore.

Irish publications that can be accessed remotely include the RTE Guide, The Irish Daily Mail, the Irish Daily Mirror and Image Magazine. Accessing PressReader onsite in Offaly Libraries branches offers even more choice, including the Irish Independent, the Irish Examiner, and the Sunday Independent. Stay up-to-date on current affairs at home and abroad.  You also have access to back issues and can have new issues of your favourite publications delivered automatically to your device.

Click here to go to PressReader

You can register for PressReader using your library card number, giving you FREE access for 30 days at a time. Your subscription can be reactivated as many times as you wish. Click here for further instructions.


Reading on your phone, tablet or reader

To access e-newspapers or e-magazines on your smartphone or tablet, download the app from the App Store, Google Play or Microsoft Store. Watch the video below on how to find the App. 


Reading on your computer or laptop

To access e-newspapers or e-magazines on your PC or laptop, click on the link

PressReader Accessibility: For everyone who loves reading.

Reading should be accessible to everyone. We know many rely on tools or assistive technology to access content, which is why this accessibility mode is great.

Experience it for yourself:
1. On, hit Tab on your keyboard to switch to Accessibility Mode.
2. Or click the 3-dot menu in the top right corner and select Accessibility Mode.
3. Voila! You're in. Choose your favorite title and try out all the features.

How to find and download the App