All public libraries collect materials about the history of their county or locality. There is a huge range of material available, e.g.:
parish and county histories
The Ask About Ireland website is a substantial online resource for local history. It was Developed by An Chomhairle Leabharlanna ( The Library Council) and is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development (DRCD).
It is now one of the largest educational websites in Ireland.
The website provides free access to an extensive collection of teaching and learning resources for primary and secondary schools, offering:
digitised content from public libraries, including Griffith’s Valuation (historical land values between 1848-1864)
Healthy Ireland At Your Library initiative is delivered through a national framework that is managed by:
Local Government Management Agency (LGMA)
The initiative is supported by the Department of Rural and Community Development and the Department of Health.
The framework implements and maintains standardised services and supportive environments to individuals and communities. Its aim is to improve the health and wellbeing of people at all life stages in Ireland .
is a provider of news, information and company information from all over the world which also provides access to national and local Irish and international titles, including newspapers, journals and periodicals.
for a fully searchable online source of company information and business names for all businesses within Ireland.
All public libraries now have computers which the public can use to access the internet. To book a session contact your local branch library. Many libraries offer introductory sessions for new users.
All public library users are provided with online access through a single platform to a number of online resources, such as:
Online languages can be accessed directly from the website of your library service.