Department of Rural and Community Development
Published on 27 March 2019
Last updated on 13 October 2021
The public library is a local service with a nationwide reach. Members can use all library services at any library in the country.
Public libraries also provide a wide range of resources and activities to support schools in helping children develop literacy, numeracy, creativity and communication skills.
Anyone with a public library card is allowed to borrow and reserve items from any public library in the Republic of Ireland. It is free to join
and all 30 library authorities are part of the service.
At your library you can access:
If a resource is unavailable in your local library, and is available in another library, then you can request it through the inter-library loan service.
The My Open Library service is free. The service is currently available in 15 libraries nationwide.
The My Open Library service provides opening hours that are additional to normal staffed hours. The service provides enhanced access for the community.
My Open Library branches
Libraries Ireland provides online resources on the following services:
Read more about these resources.
View details about your local library service.
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