Frequently Asked Questions

Following the announcement from Government, that the entire country is to be elevated to level 5 of Recovery and Resilience 2020-2021: Plan for Living with Covid-19, it is not possible to visit Offaly Libraries for browsing, PC appointments or Contact and Collect Services at this time. Our extensive Digital Library and other online services are available as usual.

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.

Offaly Libraries will continue to provide access to extensive free digital resources and online programmes during this period.

Contact and Collect - Frequently Asked Questions

Click here to find the answers to some Contact and Collect FAQs.

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 the Your Local Library Section of this website.

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. More information about computers and Internet can be found at the PC & Internet Access section of this website.

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?

How many items can I borrow and for how long?

Loan Period for items  21 days
Loan Period for DVDs21 days
No of items that can be borrowed at one time12 items
No of Games that can be borrowed at one time1 item

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.