Free Online Seminar with Shane Martin, Psychologist, Wednesday 18th November 2020, 8:00pm

Coping with a Changed World: Rising to the Challenges of Living during a Pandemic

With the advent of COVID-19 everything has changed. We find ourselves in a place where we were never before. Anxiety is the prevalent emotion of this time.

It’s hard to plan ahead and we humans like to know what is coming next. It’s very unsettling. We find ourselves uneasy and apprehensive about the future.

When facing uncertainty and upheaval we need not only to cope but to foster all the inner-strengths we can find to rise to new challenges.

Shane will offer strategies to help families cope with stress and anxiety and highlight our innate capacity not only to cope but to grow stronger during challenge.

To book your place Email  add Library Seminar in the Subject Line and you will then receive a Link to the Seminar

Places are limited to 80 attendees

An update of resources from the Dementia Understand Together Team.

HoldFirm – the HSE’s new campaign

On May 9th, 2020 the HSE’s new campaign called HoldFirm was launched. The campaign takes inspiration from President Michael D Higgins’ poem, Take Care. Acknowledging the public’s monumental efforts to keep frontline and essential workers safe by staying home, some frontline staff have joined together to give new meaning to the President’s inspirational words, which can be viewed here. You can also view the HoldFirm TV ad here.

We are very grateful for your help in sharing the campaign message of the importance for all of us to #HoldFirm.  Your creativity has been incredible – You can visit the #HoldFirm Twitter top activity here. Thank you so much for your fantastic support.

There are now new campaign assets available, incl. HoldFirm colouring sheets for both children and adults, which can be found here under ‘HoldFirm assets’.

You can also download the #HoldFirm twibbon for your social media accounts here.

At Home Activities

Community champions and organisations continue to find inventive ways to support people with dementia and their families. Here is a selection of activities:

  • Dawn Chorus is an initiative which strives to bring Ireland together in Harmony while staying apart. Both newly formed singing groups of family & friends and established choirs are getting involved. This week, they are turning the focus to songs which generations can learn and sing together. All songs have a video to sing along with, a sheet of lyrics you can print off, and notes will be added shortly for the more musically adept
  • Singing for the Brain also brings people together through songs, stories and smiles. Everyone is welcome to tune into a Zoom Singing for the Brain Group. No singing experience necessary! To join the group you can email Mary at and she will send you a link.
  • Keeping active is one of the most important parts of staying healthy and while we might not be able to get out and about, Siel Bleu Ireland is offering you a way to continue with your exercise in the comfort of your own home. In case you didn’t catch their Live exercise classes on Facebook and youtube, you can see all their videos and a downloadable guide that you can print and follow along at home here

Helpline and Resources

  • The Alzheimer Society of Ireland’s National Helpline is providing a free call-back service which offers people with dementia and family carers from anywhere in Ireland the opportunity to book a 1:1 session with a Dementia Nurse or a Dementia Adviser during the COVID-19 public health emergency. People with dementia and their family carers who want to avail of this new service can contact the National Helpline to make an appointment which is open six days a week Monday to Friday 10am–5pm and Saturday 10am–4pm on 1800 341 341.
  • Emma O’Brien’s At Home Activities booklet is now available in print. We have also developed Dementia Inclusive tipsheets for businesses and organisations, such as libraries, post offices, retailers, pharmacies, arts & cultural organisations. The booklet and tipsheets can be ordered free of charge from
  • Please check here for the most up to date HSE resources for COVID-19, including the latest COVID-19 poster in English and Irish, the updated Cocooning Public Health Advice easy read guide, the HSE Approved Guidance for Disability Services as well as other resources and materials.

Library Service announce plans for re-opening arrangements.

Wednesday 7th of October: We are unable to offer browsing or PC access, in accordance with current Level 3 guidelines.

Tuesday 1st of September, 2020

Sligo Central library will be offering public PC access from Tuesday 1st September. Please note the following;

  • Patrons wishing to use Library public PC’s must still enter the library building through the new entrance located beside Stephen street and queue in order to be directed by staff to the computer room. When patrons are finished their session they will exit the building through the traditional entrance located at the rear of the building.
  • Three Public PC’s will be available for use from Tuesdays to Saturdays:  The opening times are 9.30am to 1.30pm and 2.30pm to 4.30pm.
    1. From 1.30pm to 2.30pm the PCs and workstations will be cleaned thoroughly.
    2. We would ask each member of the public to adhere to strict hygiene standards, clean hands thoroughly & wipe down their work area after use using the cleaning materials provided in the room.
    3. Masks must be worn for the full duration of your stay in the computer room.
  • Three patrons/visitors max are allowed into the computer room at any one time. You will not be allowed to bring someone with you when using your designated PC.
  • Clear signage regarding (i) rules & regulations, (ii) printing facilities, (iii) opening times and (iv) contact tracing are displayed in the room itself.
  • There are three public PC’s available in the local studies room – they are controlled by the PC reservation system.
    1. Users have maximum 55mins duration once a day – no extensions or further visits on the same day are allowed.
    2. If you leave before 55 mins you cannot come back to use remainder of your balance.
    3. Patrons can book a time/date with staff by giving their patron ID and PIN number to confirm booking/reservation.
  • Patrons must have their library card and PIN number to hand to access available PC
  • Visitors/Guests are also allowed a guest pass of 55 mins duration. This will be provided by staff located at the main staff desk. Visitors/Guests will have to give the relevant staff member their name, address and mobile phone number for contact tracing purposes. This information will be deleted once the relevant time period has passed.
  • Printing facilities are available via the Surf Box Kiosk. Printing instructions & pricing are clearly marked at each of the PC Workstations. Library staff will not be in a position to assist patrons with printing/photocopying services. Visitors/Guests are also allowed a guest pass of 55 mins duration. This will be provided by staff located at the main staff desk. Visitors/Guests will have to give the relevant staff member their name, address and mobile phone number for contact tracing purposes. This information will be deleted once the relevant time period has passed.

Monday 10th of August, 2020

Face coverings must be worn in Sligo County Library and Museum buildings

Stay safe. Protect each other.

Wearing a face covering helps protect the spread of COVID-19

It should fit snugly and cover your nose/ chin

  • It should fit snugly and cover your face/chin
  • Avoid touching it while wearing
  • Continue to wash your hands and social distance
  • Not suitable for under 13s or those who have difficulty wearing them

Tuesday 8th August, 2020


Tuesday 9.30am – 4.45pm
Wednesday9.30am – 4.45pm
Thursday9.30am – 4.45pm
Friday 9.30am – 4.45pm
Saturday 9.30am – 4.45pm

Sligo Central Library, Current Service:

The counter service will be based upon a first come first served basis with social distancing queuing system.


Wednesday9.30am – 4.45pm
Friday9.30am – 4.45pm
Saturday 9.30am – 1.30pm

Ballymote Community Library, Current Service:

The counter service will be based upon a first come first served basis with social distancing queuing system.

Tubbercurry Community Library

Wednesday9.30am – 4.45pm
Friday9.30am – 4.45pm
Saturday9.30am – 1.30pm

Tubbercurry Community Library Current Service:

The counter service will be based upon a first come first served basis with social distancing queuing system.


Wednesday12Noon – 5.00pm
Friday10.00am – 1.00pm – 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Saturday9.30am – 1.30pm

Enniscrone Branch Library Current Service:

The counter service will be based upon a first come first served basis with social distancing queuing system.

In accordance with HSE guidelines, returned items will be quarantined for a minimum of 72 hours – therefore the Library service will not be in a position to recommence loans until at least the week beginning 22nd June 2020.

Sligo Libraries are due to begin offering more services to the public from Monday 8th June as outlined in Phase 2 of the Government’s Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business. However, it will be some time before full library services can resume.  Preparatory work to re-establish the service has been ongoing since May 18th, with adjustments to the types and range of services being examined in the light of Covid 19 restrictions.

Gradual re-opening

In all situations, the health and safety of library users 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.

Online services

You can continue to use your library online!

Don’t forget, you can access library services online, and these online services will continue to be available as we move through the re-opening phases. You can:

You can access online content from any of our social media platforms, storytime, auhor readings, local history significant events and more.

Further notices will be issued as we progress towards a return to services. Please keep up to date through local media and our social media platforms. See details below.


  • Sligo Central Library:
  • Ballymote:
  • Tubbercurry:

Twitter: @sligolib

Instagram: @sligolibrary


Sligo County Council

Free Online Yoga Classes with Sligo Central Library

Sligo Library is delighted to invite you to join Louise (Louise Waters Natural Therapies), for a selection of online yoga classes as part of our Healthy Ireland campaign.

Chair Yoga Classes : 2nd & 9th June

  • Tuesday 10-10.45am : 2nd June
  • Tuesday 10-10.45am : 9th June

Family Yoga Classes : 4th & 11th June

  • Thursday 10-10.45am :4th June
  • Thursday 10-10.45am :11th June

You are welcome to attend just one or all of the classes. Sign up once at:

You will be sent a Zoom link by email that give you access to any of the classes you would like to join.

About Family Yoga

Join Louise for a magical adventure through yoga to enrich the bond you have with your children all while having fun! Take time to reconnect with each-other while enabling your child to learn different poses and breathing techniques to calm the body and introduce gentle movement within the comfort of your own home. Singing, movement, visualisation, story-telling and play are all combined within the yoga practice. You will work together with your child to assist each other into different postures, grounding both the parent and child in a fun and relaxing way. These classes encourage compassion, co-operation and respect. Suitable for all the family

About  Chair Yoga Sessions 

We would love you to join Louise (Louise Waters Natural Therapies) in this gentle chair Yoga class to aid flexibility, strength, mobility and body awareness. This nourishing practice is suitable for all abilities, including those who are now working from home, spend a lot of time at desks, sitting or have limited mobility. During the class we will gently stretch and move the body and explore breathing techniques to aid relaxation and mental wellbeing.

Minding Your Mental Health During the Coronavirus Pandemic

The HSE has put together a helpful page of resources on taking care of your mental health during the increased challenges of the pandemic. Click here to read more.

Sligo County Council Wellbeing Resources

It can be accessed by clicking here

The Sligo County Council Wellbeing page contains a further collection of up to date resources to help you stay well. Sections include:

Staying Active

Healthy Eating

Looking after our Mental Health


Education at Home

Sligo Open for Business

Volunteering from Home

Poetry Day Ireland

Sligo Library were delighted to be a part of Poetry Day Ireland while #stayinghome and #stayingsafe. We featured a number of writers, performers and poetry lovers on our Facebook page throughout the day, reading a favourite piece of poetry.

Guests include, Louise Kennedy, Alice Lyons, Fionn and Oisín McNasser, John Carty and Una Mannion. We had some beautiful words by poets such as, Dermot Healy, Roger McGough, Langston Hughes, Sinéas Morrissey, Ciaran Carson and Una Mannion.

The spread of coronavirus is a new and challenging event. Some people might find it more worrying than others. You may notice, amongst others, some of the following:

  • increased anxiety
  • feeling stressed
  • feeling insecure or unsettled

We hope these little poetry snippets go some way to helping you during these times.

First up, we our own former Sligo Library colleague and award winning writer, Louise Kennedy. Louise will be reading ‘Belfast Confetti’ by Ciaran Carson,
Our second guest is Writer and Lecturer, Alice Lyons. Alice will be reading ‘In Need of a Funeral’, by Sinéad Morrissey.
Our third guests are Fionn and Oisín McNasser. Oisín will be reading Mrs Moon by Roger McGough while Fionn will be reading Dreams by Langston Hughes.
Our next special guest is Sligo and Blue Raincoat based actor, John Carty. John will be reading ‘Crouched Burial’ by Una Mannion.
Our fifth and final guest is writer, Una Mannion. Chair of the Bachelor of Arts in Writing & Literature at IT Sligo, and recent winner of the Hennessy New Irish Writing Prize for poetry. She will be reading from Dermot Healy’s ‘A Fools Errand’.

Access Sligo Library Digital Services from home

Sligo Library has a number of FREE online services on offer, which you can take full advantage of and make the most of at home.

If you are not a Library member yet, just click on this link and follow the instructions. You will be given a temporary Library card number and will be asked to create your own personal PIN. Once this is done, you will be able to access all our online services.

You will be given a temporary Barcode number and will be asked to set up your own PIN.

Once this is done, you will be able to access all our online services.

There is also a short guide in how to use the services.

  • Please note, if your SligoLibrary Membership Card has a four digit number, your card will not work with the online services. Please, phone 0719111675 or email for details on how to update this.
  • If you think your membership has lapsed, please contact Sligo Library to have it re-activated. You can phone us at 0719111675 or email

e-books and e-audio

Download and enjoy 1000s of titles from our e-books and e-audio service

Sign in using your library membership card barcode number and PIN. Your PIN number is given to you when you join the library. If you have forgotten it you can have a new one created, please ask on your next visit to the library.

Find out more here

Digital Magazines

RBdigital offers free online access to a wide selection of popular magazines.

There are currently over 300 popular titles available to read on your computer or mobile device. Search by title or browse across 34 genres. Download and read full content offline. You can select to receive email notifications when new issues are available.

Find out more here

Newspapers and Magazines

Read newspapers anytime, anywhere on any device!

Welcome to the future of news. It’s premium content without adverts or incomplete story snippets. It’s multiple sources from around the world, brought to life in a single, beautiful place. It’s Press Reader.

Library patrons get access to more than 7,000 of the world’s top newspapers and magazines as soon as they’re available on shelves. Using this online service also helps support the production of quality journalism, both internationally and locally. Find out more here:

Universal Class eLearning Courses

Learn a new course any time, anywhere on any device

Universal Class offers a unique online education experience with over 400 courses available.

To browse available courses or begin online learning please register with your library membership card barcode number and complete the registration form.

Find out more here

Language eLearning

RBdigital offers free online language learning options.

RB Digital provide the most enticing, fun, and flexible language products possible Find out more here

COVID-19 Information Access

A digital partner pack is now available and includes the COVID-19 Information Booklet, which is being delivered to all households. There are also posters, booklets and videos for workplaces and communities to raise awareness about preventing the spread of coronavirus. You can access there here

The COVID-19 Information Booklet is also available in Irish and in audiobook.

Covid 19 – Crime Prevention Advice