The Government has agreed that Level 5 as set out in the Plan for Living with COVID-19 will apply nationally until January 31st 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.

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.

Suspension of Contact and Collect at Offaly Libraries

In line with the Government's decision for the country to move to Level 5 of the Plan for Living with COVID-19, Offaly Libraries will cease Contact and Collect services from Wednesday, 21st October.


Our extensive Digital Library and other online services are available as usual. Offaly Libraries Online Offaly Libraries will continue to provide access to extensive free digital resources and online programmes during this period. We are delighted to bring you a funfilled Children’s Book Festival Programme for the month of October.


Our library staff are delivering a programme of Author Readings, Storytimes, arts and crafts, and more! Watch out for the first ‘virtual’ Hullabaloo! Children’s Arts Festival when Offaly Libraries will host a number of virtual workshops for children in dance, music, arts, crafts, and singing. The festival will take place from Wednesday 28th – Saturday 31st October 2020.


Don’t forget all the other free library services we continue to offer: 



Return of Library Items

There are no longer fines on library items and you are not expected to return books during the lockdown period, so please hold onto any items you currently have on loan and return them when the library reopens.


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