Friday, June 05, 2020

Laois County Library Service will begin to offer more library services to the public as outlined in Phase 2 of the Government’s Roadmap for re-opening society and  business from week commencing the  8th of June 2020 .

The first phase of these services will be a “Call and Collect” service in some of the major branch Libraries

In all situations, the health and safety of the public and staff will be paramount. Social distancing will be observed where library users interact with services, and all health and safety protocols will be observed. 

Library customers  must  contact branch libraries  directly in advance  to place an order of books/DVDs/CDs etc that are currently available in Laois Library branches. A time for collection will be given, and one member of a household can enter the lobby of the library to pick up the order. Members of the public are not permitted to enter the main library area at this time and are asked to use hand sanitiser and adhere to social distancing guidelines when collecting items. Library customers can also return their  outstanding loans  to the library. 

The following libraries will offer the Contact And Collect services at the following days and times: 

 Portlaoise Library: Monday-Friday, 9.30 am-1pm and 2pm-4.30pm 

Portarlington Library: Tuesday, Wednesday and Fridays 9.30am – 1pm and 2pm-4.30pm

Mountmellick  Library-Tuesdays and Fridays  9.30-1pm and 2pm-4.30pm 

Abbeyleix Library –Tuesdays and Fridays  9.30-1pm and 2pm-4.30pm 

 Please contact the libraries directly  as below to your collection 

Portlaoise  phone 057 8622333 email [email protected]

Portarlington -057 8643751 email [email protected]

Abbeyleix- 057 8730020 [email protected] 

Mountmellick -057 8644572 [email protected]

 Durrow, Mountrath, Rathdowney, Stradbally and Ballylinan Libraries will not be offering this service at this Phase and will remain closed to the public.  Our customers from these branches(closed)  can avail of the Call and Collect services in Portlaoise, Portarlington, Abbeyleix and Mountmellick libraries in Laois . 

This means that at first, library spaces will be restricted to library staff only and will not be accessible to the public. 

Our first priority will be to make arrangements for safe lending via a CONTACT & COLLECT service in some of our libraries . All other services such as Local Studies, Computer access, printing, photocopying, scanning and indeed the book shelves  are unavailable at this time. As the government roadmap progresses, the library sector will plan a gradual re-opening aligned to health and safety directives. 


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