Cruinniú na nÓg at Sligo Libraries: Friday 14th and Saturday 15th of June 2019

Sligo Library are proud to be part of this year’s Cruinniú na nÓg celebrations, a day of creativity for children.

Each library branch will be hosting a series of events for children over two days, Friday 14th of June to Saturday 15th of June 2019.

Click the following links to see events in your area.

Sligo Central Library: Friday 14th of June

Sligo Central Library: Saturday 15th of June

Ballymote Community Library: Friday 14th of June

Ballymote Community Library: Friday 14th of June

Ballymote Community Library: Saturday 15th of June

Ballymote Community Library: Saturday 15th of June_Reptile Zoo 

Ballymote Community Library: Saturday 15th of June_Reptile Zoo on Tour

Bealtaine at Sligo Library

Sligo Library celebrates Age and Opportunity and the Bealtaine Festival with a host of events for everyone!


Craft Felting Workshop

Needle Craft Workshop with Sue Basler, Textile Designer

Tuesday 14th of May, 10.30am – 12Noon


Memoir Creative Writing Workshop

With Gerry Boland, Author and Poet

Tuesday 21st May, 2.30pm – 4.30pm


Inter-generational Creative Board Gaming Workshop

Grandparents, parents and children alike are encouraged to come join and play together with some great modern board-games. This afternoon is hosted by Wayne O’Connor from Sligo Gaming Society and will be a great way to mingle and socialise between generations in a relaxed setting.

With Wayne O’Connor

Saturday 25th May, 11.00am – 1.00pm


  • Saturday May 25th – “Be Our Guest” Old Fashioned Tea Party with traditional Irish Music – 11.30am – 1pm – this event has been registered on official Bealtaine calendar
  • Sat May 11th Intergenerational Board Games 11am-1pm
  • St John’s Hospital Artwork Pillar Display … May 1st – May 31st
  • Saturday Stitchers Craft Work Window Display … May 7th – May 31st


We’re holding a Craft Exhibition with the Tubbercurry Day Care Centre:

“Tubbercurry will be launching a craft exhibition produced by residents of the Tubbercurry Daycare Centre  with music and refreshments at 12pm, Friday May 10th. The exhibition will be on display until Friday May 30th. Free of charge and all welcome.”

Sligo Library: May Public Holiday Opening Hours

Sligo Library will be closed the weekend of Saturday 4th of May for the Public Holiday.

Ballymote Community Library:

Re-opening Tuesday 7th of May at 9.30am

Enniscrone Community Library:

Re-Opening Wednesday 8th of Mayl at 11.00am

Sligo Central Library:

Re-opening Tuesday 7th of May at 9.30am

Tubbercurry Community Library:

Re-opening Tuesday 7th of May at 9.30am

Local Studies:

Re-opening Tuesday 7th of May at 9.30am

Sligo Museum:

Open Saturday 4th of May: 9.30 – 12.45pm, 2.00pm – 4.45pm

Sligo Library and Museum: Easter Arrangements

Sligo Library and Museum will be closed the weekend of Friday 19th of April for the Easter Public Holiday.

Happy Easter from All at Sligo Library.

Ballymote Community Library:

Re-opening Tuesday 23rd of April at 9.30am

Enniscrone Community Library:

Re-Opening Wednesday 24th of April at 11.00am

Sligo Central Library:

Re-opening Tuesday 23rd of April at 9.30am

Tubbercurry Community Library:

Re-opening Tuesday 23rd of April at 12Noon

Local Studies:

Re-opening Tuesday 23rd of April at 9.30am

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Spring into Storytime at your Library

Spring Into Story Time

Spring into Story Time is a national programme delivering a minimum of one children’s story time in every library during the month of April.

Spring into Story Time in April 2017 was the first countrywide focus on story time in public libraries.  Part of the Right to Read Campaign within the Opportunities for All national strategic plan for public libraries 2013 – 2017, Spring into Story Time arose from a recommendation of the Public Libraries Literacy and Reading Development Working Group and the findings of a 2016 pilot initiative.

The Goal was to hold at least one story time session in every public library in the countrySpring into Story Time was designed to be inclusive and open to all. Beyond its comprehensive national goal, individual library services were free to select their markets and local delivery arrangements.

Over the past two years Spring into Story Time has become a fundamental part of the Right to Read service with story times being one of the most common and most popular services available to library users. The number of story times delivered grows each April, providing greater access to this programme to more users.

The following Spring into Story Time events are happening in your local Library:

Ballymote Community Library:

  • Thurs April 11th – 11AM-12Noon: Old MacDonald Stories and Songs with Eithne
  • Tues April 16th  – 10am – 10.45am: Easter Tales with Eithne – Junior Infants SMGS Ballymote – Offsite @ the classroom.
  • Tues April 23rd –  3pm – 4pm: Worlds Worst Children with Wayne O Connor
  • Tues April 24th –  11am-12am: Easter Tales with Eithne: Busy Bees Creche Collooney visit to library

Enniscrone Library:

  • Saturday April 6th at 11.00am
  • Saturday April 13th at 11.00am
  • Saturday April 27th at 11.00am

Sligo Central Library:

  • Tuesday April 2nd at 10.00am (Closed Event)
  • Wednesday April 10th  at 10.00am (Closed Event)
  • Wednesday April 17th  at 11.30am: Easter Egg Hunt and Story Time Age: 7 and Under
  • Wednesday April 24th at 11.30am (Open Event): Storytime: 6+
  • Tuesday April 30th at 10.00am and 3.00pm (Closed Event)

Tubbercurry Community Library:

  • Friday April 5th at 10.00am
  • Friday April 12th at 10.00am
  • Friday April 26th at 11.30am



From the 1st of January, library members will not have to pay fines for overdue items and no existing fines will be collected.

1. Why did the library service remove overdue fines?

The removal of fines is a key aim of the new public library strategy Our Public Library 2022: inspiring, connecting and empowering communities which was published jointly by the Department of Rural and Community Development, the County and City Management Association and the Local Government Management Agency and launched by the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring T.D. in June 2018. The strategy states, ‘The library is a free lifelong resource that should be available to all without barriers or charges. Library charges have been shown to have a detrimental effect on library use by children and the disadvantaged. However, there is little evidence to show they ensure timely returns – rather they may actually dissuade members and users from returning overdue items. The elimination of overdue fines is another way for libraries to encourage people who might not regularly use the library to experience what they have to offer.
We are encouraging members of the public to return undamaged, overdue library items to their local libraries. There will be no fines to pay and we would be happy to reactivate your library membership for you to begin using your local library again.

2. Will overdue fines be removed on all materials?

There will be no overdue fines charged on any materials taken out from the library by library members from the 1st of January 2019.

3. Do I still have to pay a fine that was on my account prior to the library service becoming fine free?

All charges on members’ accounts as of the 1st of January 2019 will be removed.

4. I just paid off my late fines.

Do I get a refund? No. We do appreciate your responsible use of library materials. This new policy to eliminate overdue fines takes effect on the 1st of January 2019 and previously paid overdue fines will not be refunded.

5. Fines have been removed, so why does my account still have a balance?

Fines cannot be cleared from an account until the overdue item is returned to the library as the library management system does not charge fines to the account until this time. Once an item is returned, the system automatically charges the fine and this can then be cleared. Fines may be cleared on request by a library staff member, or a central clearing will take place once daily.

Overdue fines are being removed in libraries throughout Ireland from 1st January 2019. Fees for lost or damaged adult items will be charged and these will be shown as a balance on a library account.

Kiosks cannot remove fines, so library members who are charged fines at a kiosk will have to go to a member of staff to have them removed.

6. How will the library get people to return borrowed materials?

No fines does not mean no responsibility. You will continue to receive reminders and overdue emails to prompt you to return items to the library. Please return items on or before their due date to allow them to be borrowed by other library users. Please continue to renew your items online, by phone or in person at your local branch.

Please return overdue items once you receive an overdue notice. If there is an issue in returning the item, please contact a library staff member to discuss this.

If you do not either return an item or contact a library staff member to discuss an overdue item before you receive a third reminder, your card will be blocked from taking out or
renewing any further items, including e-books and e-audio books. Borrowing privileges cannot be restored until either the overdue item is returned, or you have made contact with a library staff member to discuss the matter.

7. When will I receive reminders about returning materials?

  • 3 Days Before Due Date: Reminder Email
  • 1 Day after Due Date: Reminder Email
  • 3 Weeks after Due Date: Reminder Email
  • 9 Weeks after Due Date: Item considered lost, card borrowing privileges blocked and user requested to present to the library

You can check the details of your membership including whether you have overdue items at any time by logging into your online account.

8. What happens if I lose or damage a book or other loan item?

There will be no replacement charge for children’s items which have been lost or damaged. Library members under 18 will not be asked to pay replacement costs. You will be asked to pay a replacement charge if the item which has been lost or damaged is an adult item. This cost will be calculated as the purchase price of the item.

Replacement charges can be paid at any library branch, regardless of where the item originated from.

Please note, if you have not notified the library of the loss or damage, your card will be temporarily blocked from borrowing or renewing items, including e-books and e-audio books until you make contact with a library staff member.


Leas Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council Councillor Paul Taylor officiated at the opening of a WW1 exhibition in Ballymote Community Library on Wednesday.

Councillor Taylor said ‘The 100th anniversary of Armistice Day has provided us with a great opportunity to remember and acknowledge the men and women who fought and died during the Great War.  Over 35,000 Irish people died during 1914-1918 fighting in this war, over 600 from Co Sligo; 53 were from Ballymote – They will be remembered here on the Ballymote Memorial Wall at Ballymote Community Library over the coming weeks.

This exhibition is recognising those 53 men – and commemorating all the other people from Ballymote who had family who fought and died, or fought and returned, from WW1 – and displays various pieces of WW1 memorabilia.’
Councillor Taylor thanked Historian Simone Hickey and the staff of Ballymote Community Library for their work in preparing and hoisting the exhibition.