Selected Sources

Library Book

A priceless resource, the collections provide unique insights into Offaly’s past.

Our main collections are located at Tullamore Central Library and comprise extant local government archives, private papers, local newspaper from mid-19th century to the present day, many thousands of photographs and other images, maps & plans, local folksongs, early printed books, journals and other media relating to the history & heritage of Offaly. We also have a selection of material available at Birr Library.



Leinster Regiment Lecture Series @ Birr Library


Schools Manuscript Collection 1937-38 – Offaly (microfilm)

The Schools' Manuscript Collection stems from the Schools’ Scheme of 1937-38, organised in twenty six of the thirty two counties of Ireland. The collecting scheme was carried out by children in Primary schools. (copyright UCD.)


Birr Library Local Studies & Archives

The Leinster Regiment collection

A special collection of books, media and memorabilia relating to the Leinster Regiment and Crinkill Barracks, Birr.

The Macregol Gospels

The Macregol Gospel Book is a manuscript copy of the Four Gospels made about 800 AD and is on permanent display in the magnificently restored Pugin-designed Birr Library.


For more information about our local collections and archives, please contact:


Tullamore Central Library,
O’Connor Square, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

Telephone: 353 (0)57 9346834

Birr Library,Wilmer Road, Birr, Co. Offaly.

Telephone: 353 (0)91 24950 Email: