Laois County Library Service

Service Details

Target Age

  • 0 - 11 years
  • 12 - 16 years
  • 12 - 18 years
  • 16 - 18 years
  • 19 - 24 years


  • Child & Family Support
  • Youth Work
  • Schools & Education Support
  • Health & Primary Care
  • Mental Health
  • Bereavement
  • LGBTQ+
  • Employment & Welfare
  • Training
  • Ethnic Minorities

Support Type

  • In-person - One-to-one
  • Telephone


  • Laois

Contact Details

Contact Person(s)

Aoife Moore


Portlaoise Library, Portlaoise, Co. Laois


057 8622333

Contact Hours

Portlaoise Library
Tuesday: 10:00am-5:00pm
Wednesday: 10:00am-7:30pm
Thursday: 10:00am-7:30pm
Friday: 10:00am-5:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am-4:00pm*
Closed on Saturday of Bank Holiday Weekend

For other libraries around Laois find opening hours


Emergency Assistance

Open Up is not a crisis service. If you or someone you know needs immediate help please contact one of the services below immediately.

If someone is hurt or in danger call the emergency services straight away. Emergency services can be contacted at any time by dialling 999 or 112 in Republic of Ireland or 112 in Europe.

Additional Service Information

Referral Process

  • Self-referral

Service Description

The library service provides physical and digital books and other resources. The service also includes a free public space available to all and many free clubs and events for social and informational purposes. Libraries in Laois include Abbeyleix, Durrow, Mountmellick, Mountrath, Portlaoise, Portarlington, Rathdowney and Stradbally. Staff at these libraries will help access resources online, over the phone or in person. Contact information for the libraries are available at

List of Services Available

Books for leisure, education, information (including health, mental health, bereavement, special needs, parenting, family and other issues, careers and employment support)

DVDS, magazines and newpapers

Access to PCs, printing and free wifi

Welcoming space for all

Regular clubs such as bookclubs, chess clubs, language groups, weekly lego, art groups and more

Series or one off events around books & literature, history, careers & study skills, gardening & the environment, different cultures & social inclusion, health & wellbeing, parenting, special interests. There are also a wide variety of children’s events throughout year.

Toy and Sensory Resources Lending
Sensory Room or pop-up spaces
Tover taffel and other resources

Local History Collection

Other various resources online (www.laois

Wheelchair Access

All Laois Libraries have wheelchair access

Before this website came along, we weren’t sure what services were available locally and how to access them. It’s great to now see them all listed in one place with lots of useful information and contact details.