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Carlow County Council

Carlow County Council are committed to the provision of high quality relevant services in an open and responsive manner.
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Library Collection

The Library Online Catalogue allows you to search the Library Online Catalogue to find the book or other item that you want. It will tell you if the book is in stock; checked in or out; how many copies we have and where the item is; whether that be Carlow, Tullow, or Muine Bheag for example.

The other feature of the Online Library Catalogue is the facility to view your borrower details. For example you can see how many items you have checked out, when they are due back or if you owe a fine. You can renew your books online for a further three weeks and this can be done three times in total. You can use the Library Online Catalogue 24 hours a day 7 days a week. You can also search the library catalogue and request books that are in stock online. You will than be notified when the books are ready for collection. To do this you need a PIN number. This can be obtained by emailing or by leaving your name and email address at the desk in Carlow Central Library. Your PIN number will be emailed to you in due course. To access your account information click on Borrower Details; enter the barcode number from your library card and your PIN.

Encyclopaedia Britannica

To open and access Encyclopaedia Britannica Online follow the link below and enter your library card number. This is the Barcode number on the back of your plastic library membership card. This will open the search page illustrated below. Using the basic Search box is the fastest and most efficient way to find information. Just enter a word, phrase or question and click GO. For more complex queries the advanced search can be used. Britannica Daily is a handy tool for learning about interesting events that occurred and people born on today's date. Britannica also contains an A-Z browse, Subject search, World Atlas, World Data and a Dictionary of Quotations. Britannica contains over 73,000 articles, 2,000 video clips and 4,000 quotations so you are guaranteed to find something to match your query.

Ask About Ireland

Carlow County Library has a rich collection of unique material on many aspects of the County of Carlow and we have been working in conjunction with the Ask About Ireland project to help bring that information to a wider audience. The Ask about Ireland website is full of interesting information from many different public libraries, museums and archives throughout Ireland. Many different areas of Irish history and culture have been examined in detail with a strong emphasis on the local history for each area. Carlow County Library has so far been involved in nine main areas:

The Architecture of County Carlow module covers many areas including an explanation of the different architectural styles and features used through the years with a close look at the architects responsible. For anyone interested in the local history of Carlow the module on the Carlow Poor Law Union is a fascinating account of the establishment of workhouses, famine relief and the emigration of so many local people during that period. Although Carlow is an inland county it has many different plant communities or habitats, which are detailed in the final section of the Carlow County Library contribution to the site. Various photographs, maps and drawings plus the personal stories of many responsible for the unique history of Carlow compliment each topic.

Borrow Books

If it is an older book or one that may be out of print we may be able to procure a copy from another library through our Inter Library Loan system.You can use to search for books, DVD, CDs etc. from the online catalogues of any library in the country. If your local library does not have a particular item you can search by Title, Author or Keyword. If you find it in another library, complete the online booking form and a request is sent to your local library to obtain the item for you. The item is delivered to your local branch and you will be notified when it arrives.


2005 year saw the launch of the Lifesteps project on a nationwide basis. Lifesteps consists of a series of guides on using the Internet to gather information. A broad range of topics were made available this year by An Comhairle Leabharlanna and public libraries throughout Ireland.

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