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.

Offaly Digital Libraries– Open 24 7



Even though Offaly Libraries are closed at the moment you can always pay a virtual visit and access all the amazing online library resources available FREE OF CHARGE!

We have something to suit every age group and ability. Simply go to and select Digital Library to access a full suite of digital resources! This includes access to eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, eNewspapers and language and online learning courses. We also have an eComics collection on the way.

Did you know you can now join your local library online? Simply sign up at If you are having difficulties why not have a look at our handy step-by-step guide on our Facebook page @offalylibraries or contact your local branch by phone or email for assistance.

Although our doors are closed, our staff are working behind the scenes to help you.

With your library card and PIN number, you can download Borrowbox, for a large selection of eAudiobooks and eBooks. And the great news is these titles will return themselves after 21 days!

It's more important than ever to look after your physical and mental health at this time. You can access eBooks and eAudiobooks from the Healthy Ireland Reading Collection straight to your device.

BorrowBox is Always Open

For those missing their daily visit to the library to browse our newspapers you can access over 7,000 online newspapers from 120+countries via PressReader or by downloading the PressReader app. National publications include the Irish Independent, Sunday Independent, Irish Examiner and many local publications. You also have access to back issues and can have new issues of your favourite publications delivered automatically to your device.