Sligo Library Online Services



You can access this service using your library barcode and library pin number. The eBook services are provided for library users by Bolinda through the Borrow Box service.


eLearning Courses

There are over 400 courses available to you. You can access this service using your library barcode. The eLearning Courses are provided for library users by Universal Class.


The eMagazines service offers full-colour, interactive digital magazines. You can register for this service by using your library barcode and by completing the registration form. They are provided by RB Digital.


You can access this service using your library barcode and library pin number. The eAudiobooks service is provided for library users by Bolinda through the Borrow Box service.

Online Languages

You can access up to 70 language courses for FREE with your Sligo LIbrary card. The online languages’ service is provided for library users by Mango Languages.

In-Library Reference Learning

You can access a number of Reference Learning Applications in any of our Sligo Library Branches, including,

The Dictionary of Irish Biography

JSTOR archive

Irish Times Digital Archive


Sligo Library: August Public Holiday

Sligo Library Branches will be closed on Saturday, 3rd of August.

Ballymote, Sligo Central and Tubbercurry Libraries will re-open on Tuesday 6th of August.

Enniscrone Library will re-open on Wednesday, 7th of August.

Enjoy your weekend!

Sligo Central Library: Tread Softly

Balor of the Evil Eye & The Sidhe

Interactive Stories for Children – Balor of the Evil Eye

Inspired by the stories of old – two days of imagining.  Artist Dympna Cunningham and Storyteller / Artist Wayne O Connor work together guiding children into a creative art session while setting the stage with myths and legends. A different story and artwork will be produced each day.

Two Sessions: Age 7-10: Booking Essential: Phone 0719111675 to reserve your place
1 August 2019 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm at Sligo Library, Stephen St
2 August 2019 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm at Sligo Library, Stephen St

CAIRDE Sligo Arts Festival at Sligo Central Library

Sligo Central Library are celebrating CAIRDE Sligo Arts Festival with a selection of events to suit everyone.


Tuesday 9th of July at 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm:


Sinéad Gleeson reads from her critically acclaimed collection of essays, Constellations, which was published in  April 2018.

Wednesday 10th of July at 11:00 am & 3:00 pm:


A storytelling and puppet performance commissioned by Dublin City Council, to celebrate and mark the arrival of three new baby elephants in Dublin Zoo. Inspired by a Panchatantra Hindu animal fable from India, simple paper sets and puppets are used to re-enact, this gentle and imaginative tale of the small saving the large. The children have a chance to respond to the piece through drawing at the end.

Ba mhór ag Púca Puppets Na Luchóga agus na hEilifintí a chur os bhur gcomhair. Fabhal ainmhithe de chuid Panchatanta Hindu ón Ind atá ann. Ag brath ar líníocht, ar pháipéar agus ar phuipéid, léireofar an scéal álainn seo. Tá teachtaireacht ar leith ann- cabhraíonn an té ‘beag’ leis an té ‘mór’.

Thursday 11th of July at 4:00 pm:


An afternoon of pop-up performance and poetry in venues throughout Sligo town curated by Patrick Karl Curley. Each poetry vignette will be approximately 15 – 20 minutes in duration, leaving time for audience members to make it to the next destination on our trail.

Tess Gallagher, 4pm at Sligo Central Library

Stephen Street Tess Gallagher is an American poet, essayist, and short story writer. Her honors include a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation, two National Endowment for the Arts awards, The Maxine Cushing Gray Endowed Libraries Visiting Writers Fellowship (University of Washington), and the Elliston Award for “best book of poetry published by a small press” for the collection Instructions to the Double (1976).


“Sligo County Council Arts Plan 2020-2025 – Have your say – Complete the Survey”

Sligo County Council Arts Plan 2020-2025

Click here to download and complete survey: Sligo Arts Plan Survey


Sligo is home to many thriving and connected communities of artists, creative people and organisations, working in a diverse range of forms and genre. They are visible and recognised for the quality of their thinking, work and contribution to society. The social and economic benefits they bring to our communities are understood and valued. People of all ages and from different types of communities from all parts of the county can have deep and meaningful engagement with arts and creativity.

Now and in the future, this arts plan will underpin the work of artists and creative people through both  financial and empathetic support, so that they have time and space to develop their practice and produce thoughtful, inspiring, high quality work.  The Arts Office of Sligo County Council will be central to this and is referred to as Sligo Arts Office in this survey.

We are surveying the Sligo community, arts and culture providers and supporters as a first step toward identifying arts community need, goals and priorities for the ultimate development of a comprehensive county arts and culture plan.

So far, our conversations with stakeholders have resulted in a number of identifiable priorities for the forthcoming arts plan:

  1. The need to appoint an arts officer to lead out and represent the arts at local and national levels. This is seen as essential in terms of driving the development of the arts over the next 5 years.
  2. Artist’s workspaces – artists need spaces in which to work and provision of studios would address this need. Security of tenure and fair rents should feature in any plan to develop artists’ workspaces.
  3. Direct project, awards, bursaries to artists – these are essential to enabling artists to create work and to make a living in Sligo. Artists work is being considered in context i.e. artist as citizen, creator, economic and social stakeholder, entrepreneur. Openness to working with Enterprise Boards and to harness other funding streams and opportunities has been a feature of artists work and will be strengthened in this arts plan.
  4. Public art – new possibilities in public art/ art in the public realm will be explored across disciplines and public services to build on Sligo’s considerable reputation in inventive and creative use of public art resources
  5. New ways of working – Sligo is home to a range of high quality arts organisations, venues and festivals e.g. Chamber Music Festival with the Vogler Quartet, Cairde, Yeats Summer School, Blue Raincoat, Model Niland etc. The former arts plan sought ways of working with and through these partners and in the new arts plan these relationships will be strengthened and enhanced with additional resources and innovations.

The survey will help us to build a comprehensive picture of the arts in the county and we would, very much, appreciate your participation.

Above all, we look to forward to sharing the results from these surveys and the outcome of our deliberations in Sligo’s new arts plan which will be published in the autumn.

Please forward this survey via email to by 10th July 2019.

Sligo Library: Summer Stars Reading Challenge 2019

Sligo Central Library: Summer Stars 2019 Award ceremony, taking place on Monday, 19th of August.

Details are here:


Summer Stars starts Tuesday 18th June

Visit your library and take out books that you will enjoy reading. This will develop your reading abilities and by continuing to read during your school holidays, you’ll be ready for the next class you go into in September.

Best of all, you’ll get prizes and rewards for taking part in the Summer Stars:

You’ll get a ‘Reading Card’ to record your progress and write down your favourite books.

Each time you visit the library you will get Free Rewards (Show children the rewards)

  • Visit 1: Reading Card & Drawstring Bag
  • Visit 2: Pencil Case
  • Visit 3: Bookmark & Pencil
  • Visit 4: Wristband           
  • Awards Presentation: Medals & Certificates

For more details, contact your local library branch:

Ballymote Community Library: 0719111669

Enniscrone Branch Library: 0719111653

Sligo Central Library: 0719111675

Tubbercurry Community Library: 0719111705

Sligo Library and Museum: Public Holiday Hours

Sligo Libraries, including, Ballymote Community Library, Tubbercurry Community Library, Enniscrone Library and Sligo Central Library will be closed on Saturday, 1st of June for the Public Holiday.

Sligo Museum will open 9.30am – 12.45pm, 2pm – 4.45pm.

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 and young people.

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 link to see events in your area:

Or contact your local Sligo Library branch:

Ballymote Community Library: 0719111669


Design Your Own Mug You paint it and we fire it with Hullabaloo Crafts: 2.00pm – 3.00pm

Flower felting with Sue Basler of Sub Designs – Class Visit


Reptile Zoo on Tour –

Snakes, Hermit Crabs, Dragon Lizards and Scorpions on Display from Irish Reptile Zoo

Children Ages 3yrs-6yrs

Enniscrone Branch Library: 0719111653

Saturday 15th June

Face Painting – 11am – 1pm,

Walking Treasure Hunt (children must be accompanied by an adult) – 11:30am – 1pm,

Storytime – 1pm – 1:30pm,

Fun Talent Show – 1:30pm – 2pm (bring & play a musical instrument, sing a song/nursery rhyme, tell some jokes, say a poem etc)

Sligo Central Library: 0719111675 :


9.30 – 10.30am  Story & Art event             Wayne O’Connor – Class Visit

9.30 – 10.30am  Badge making workshop               Catherine Fanning           Class Visit

Friday June 14th               3.30pm – 4.30pm             Dream jars          Dympna O’Driscoll           Open Event7 – 10 yrs old

Adventures of the Spanish Captain with Grange School :Drop In : 12.30pm – 2.30pm

Magic Dream Jar Workshop with Dympna : 3.30pm-4.30pm (Age7+) (Booked Out)


Introduction to 3D Workshop with FabLab Manorhamilton :

Four Sessions:10am, 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3.00pm

Blacksmithing & the Forge Demo with Michael Budd :

Drop In : 10.30am, 11.15am, 12Noon, 2.00pm and 3.00pm

Kids Warrior Yoga WITH SAOIRSE AND ZIA : Two Sessions: 10am & 10.45am

Sun Catcher Workshop with Sally : Drop In 11.30am – 1.00pm

The Flea Circus & Living with a Fairy with Jay Ryan 11.30am – 12.30pm

TwinkleToes Dance Workshop with Victoria Walker (Age 3-6): 2.00pm – 2.45pm

Hip Hop Dance Workshop with Victoria Walker (Age 7+): 2.45pm – 3.30pm (Booked Out)

Story Time with Bríanóg Brady Dawson (Granny’s Teeth) : 3.00pm – 4.00pm

Live Music in the Marquee with

Accident Prone, Statistic Life and The Contradictions: 4.00pm – 5.00pm


Sligo Museum: 21st May – June 25th

‘Myth & Magic’ Ceramic Exhibition with Coolbock and Sooey National School plus Mercy College: 9.30am – 12.45pm, 2.00pm – 4.45pm

‘Myth & Magic’ talk with Mercy college students on Saturday 15th of June at 2.30pm


Tubbercurry Community Library: 0719111705

Hullabaloo T-Shirt Design. Class Visit.


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