Frequently Asked Questions

In line with the Government's decision for the country to move to Level 3 of the Plan for Living with COVID-19 ‘with modifications’, the following arrangements will be in place for Offaly Libraries from Tuesday, 1st December.

Browsing Service

We are pleased to announce that Offaly Library branches in Banagher, Birr, Clara, Edenderry, Ferbane and Tullamore will provide this browsing service during normal service hours. Visit your local branch to borrow books, and avail of the print, scan and photocopy services. Please note under current public health guidelines PC Access will not be available during this period.

You can book a 30-minute browsing appointment in Birr, Clara, Edenderry, and Tullamore at

For your information, the Offaly County Council privacy statement is available here:

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

Contact and Collect Service

Our national online catalogue is active, so books can be reserved both by email and via phone for collection at your chosen Offaly library branch. Library items can be ordered online at:

Once your requested item(s) have been received by your chosen pick-up library, you will be notified via your chosen method. You then contact the library to arrange a collection time.

In all situations, the health and safety of library users and staff will be a priority. All health and safety protocols will be observed where library users interact with services. Social distancing, wearing of face coverings and sanitising upon entering a library building is required.

Full details of our Contact and Collect service are here which includes contact details for your local branch. We'll contact you once your requested item(s) are ready for collection.

Banagher Library – Phone: 057 9151471, Email:

Birr Library – Phone: 057 9124950, Email:

Clara Library – Phone: 057 9331389, Email:

Daingean Library – Phone: 057 9353005, Email:

Edenderry Library – Phone: 046 9731028, Email:

Ferbane Library – Phone: 090 6454259, Email:

Kilcormac Library – Phone: 057 9135086, Email:

Tullamore Library - Phone: 057 9346832, Email:

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.