A new library system for a safe lending service via a ‘Contact and Collect ’ model.

How it works

Contact and Collect is available through email at *It is important that you include your phone number and Library Membership, with your correspondance.
• Indicate your preferred branch library for collection
• Each library member will be limited to 3 items at a time.
• Selection is limited to available Sligo stock only at (See images Below)
• Once your request has been received it will be processed on a first come first served basis.
• If your requested item is not available, an alternative title will be offered as an option.
• Library users will receive an email or text to indicate a collection day and time at your designated branch library

In order to process orders quicker, it is essential, you provide the following information:

  • Name   
  • User ID
  • Requested items (author/title/genre/age group for Juvenile stock, if specific titles not requested)
  • Number/email
  • Library that the patron will collect the items in

If you do not have an email address, you can phone your nearest branch Library, during dedicated hours, indicated in the table below.


Sligo Central LibraryTuesday, Thursday and Saturday9.30am – 4.45pm0719111675
Tubbercurry Community LibraryWednesday and Friday
9.30am – 4.45pm
9.30am – 1.30pm
Ballymote Community LibraryWednesday and Friday
9.30am – 4.45pm
9.30am – 1.30pm
Enniscrone LibraryWednesday and Friday
9.30am – 4.45pm
9.30am – 1.30pm

Limit your search to Sligo Stock Only, (Including, Ballymote, Enniscrone an Tubbercurry) . If an item is not available, it means cannot be checked out on the ‘Contact and Collect’ system.

  • Limit your search to Sligo Stock Only, (Including, Ballymote, Enniscrone an Tubbercurry).
  • If an item is not available (as indicate), it means cannot be checked out on the ‘Contact and Collect’ system.
  • Look for available stock (as indicated), to satisfy your search, send us an email with your name and library card membership number (at the back of your library card underneath the barcode) and the list of the 3 books you want to

Summer Stars 2020 Is Moving Online!💻🌟

As part of Summer Stars moving online, BorrowBox (e-books and e-audiobooks) are offering increased access to a massive selection of popular childrens book for all of our Summer Stars! BorrowBox now has a range of children’s e-books and e-audio books with individual collections for 0-4, 5-8, 9-12 and 13+. Information on how to join BorrowBox 📚🎵

With Summer Stars going online this year, we are encouraging the children of Sligo to showcase their imagination through writing by entering a national short story competition. Using the theme, ‘An Unexpected Adventure’ we hope all of our stars can submit their stories on the competition page…/story-competition-an-unex…#summerstarsstory

You do not need to register for Summer Stars 2020 as it is primarily online, so once you have access to our online services you are ready to go! If you are not a member of Sligo libraries you can join the library online:

Unfortunately, due to current restrictions around Covid-19 our Summer Stars will not receive a reading card to keep track of your progress and rewards are not part of this years programme. However, the good news is that Sligo Libraries have many exciting online features for children to get involved in, from national and local online competitions which will see winners getting goodie bags. We will also broadcast online story-time sessions, quizzes, author readings and much, much more! 😀

Join the Summer Stars 2020 fun in Sligo over the coming months. #SummerStarsSligo

Find more information on Summer Stars on

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.

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

Cruinniú na nÓg : A festival of ONLINE creativity for children and young people with Sligo Library

Cruinniú na nÓg at Sligo Library is moving online!

Celebrating Cruinniú na nÓg with some special guests, interactive events, plus opportunities for you to get involved and win some prizes.

Click here for more details on Cruinniú na nÓg nationwide

Josepha Madigan TD, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht  (5th May 2020) announced details of Cruinniú na nÓg 2020, Ireland’s national day of free creative activities for children and young people under the age of 18.  Full press release here; Minister Madigan launches Cruinniú na nÓg 2020 – Ireland’s national day of free creative activities for children and young people, Saturday 13th June 2020 | Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Announcing Cruinniú na nÓg 2020, Minister Madigan said: “Creativity and culture are powerful means through which children and young people can explore communication and collaboration, stimulate their imaginations to be inventive and harness their innate curiosity. Creativity also helps to encourage social responsibility and personal qualities related to wellbeing such as resilience, empathy, and a capacity for connection and friendship. Over the past 2 years Cruinniú na nÓg has been a key point in the calendar for children and young people to try something creative, develop an appetite for discovery and acquire new skills – and 2020 will be no different.”

In light of the public health restrictions currently in force, the Creative Ireland Programme and its partners have developed a number of creative, cultural and engaging “calls to action” which children, young people – indeed entire families – can create in their own homes and gardens on Saturday 13th June. Highlights will include:

Céilí in the Kitchen – A collective call to action for children, young people and their families to create a Céilí in their kitchen for Cruinniú, with Áirc Damhsa, who will guide us through the Irish tradition of these communal social events that take place in houses:

Have you ever made a kite? It’s great fun and really easy. And it’s something you can do in your garden or in the park, while keeping your distance from others. In fact the whole point of kite flying is not to get too close as kite strings can get into a terrible muddle. Design & Crafts Council Ireland have joined forces with Creative Ireland to design a kite that anyone can make at home. All you need is some sticks, some newspaper, some string and a whole lot of imagination. Why not decorate in your favourite colours, or with pictures of your heroes?

On the 28th May at 3pm, a live webinar will start you on the road to making your kite. A further number of videos will guide you and your family through fun ways to make a kite.

• Wednesday June 3 – 1st video live
• Thursday June 4 – 2nd webinar live at 3pm
• Monday June 8 – 2nd video live
• Tuesday 9th & Thursday 11th  – 3 & 4th Webinars live at 3pm
• Wednesday June 10th  – 3rd  video live
• Friday June 12 – Final video live


In the week leading up to Cruinniu na nOg, on June 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th we will be sharing with you the most popular coding games you want to see. For now, just use #CreativeIreland on your social media or email with a shout out of what type of games you would like to know how to make and we’ll post the 4 most popular workshop requests. 

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

HSE: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information, Updates and Resources

Digital Partner Pack Update
HSE Digital have created a COVID-19 Information Booklet, which is being delivered to all households from this week onward. You can download the booklet here

The COVID-19 Information Booklet is also available in Irish and in audiobook. HSE are working to make it available in a number of languages and formats – including audio and braille, which we will include on the digital partner pack as they are ready.

HSE are working with The Irish Deaf Society to develop sign language version of the COVID-19 Information Booklet. Additionally, we are looking to do sign language versions with them for: testing centre instructions plus aftercare.


For the most up to date information and advice on Coronavirus, please go to , and and

Thank you in advance for your support at this important time

Sligo Library Update: Covid-19 Emergency

  • If you have any library items checked out, you can keep hold of them until we re-open.  There will be no overdue notices sent during this time.
  • The return drop box is closed and we will not be taking in any returned items at this moment
  • The reserves function has now been disabled from our website. You cannot currently reserve an item.
  • You can now join Sligo Library online for FREE and get Newspapers, eBooks, audiobooks and online magazines for free straight away. You can also access our online courses, including lanugage courses:

  • To become a member, just click the link and follow the instructions:

  • 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
  • If you think your membership has lapsed, please contact the Library to update it, in order to access online 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 are waiting for an available Hold, these items will be available for you when we re-open.
  • For more details or any other information, please, contact Sligo Library as follows:

Phone: 0719111675


Via our social media pages: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Take A Closer Look at Your Library on National Library Open Day, February 29!

On Saturday, February 29th, Sligo Central Library will be taking part in the first ever National Library Open Day.

* Ocean FM will be broadcasting live here from 11:00am – 2pm.
* We will have a Special, Saturday Storytime at 11am.
* This will be followed by two shows of The Flea Circus by Pignut Productions, (how does he train those fleas!!🦟🦟🐜) 11.30am and 12Noon
* Imelda Ryan-Jones will be here for story time and puppet show at 2.30pm

Libraries are open most days of course but on Saturday 29th we are issuing a special invitation to everyone in the country to come in and see everything that’s on offer.
If it’s been a while since you’ve been in your local library, you might be surprised at what you can find there!
Libraries are open community spaces with lots going on for everyone of all ages and interests. Come along to your local library on the Open Day to get a taste of the clubs, classes, exhibitions, activities and more on offer at your library.

As well as that, our library staff will be on hand to show you how your library membership allows you to borrow from 12 million items; choose from more box set options than Netflix, get eBooks, audiobooks and eMagazines free and straight to your device, or try free online learning classes.

So, if it’s been a while since you’ve visited your library or even if you’re a regular user, please come and Take a Closer Look at what’s on offer on Saturday 29th February!

Award-Winning Writers to Read at The Word

The Word will be back in Sligo Central Library on the 26th February. Gerard Beirne (author and lecturer on IT Sligo’s BA Writing and Literature Program) will host Mary Costello and Siobhan Mannion.

Mary Costello was born in Galway and has published two novels and a collection of stories to great acclaim. Her collection of short stories, The China Factory, published in 2012, was nominated for the Guardian First Book Award. Her novel, Academy Street, was shortlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award, the Costa First Novel Prize, the EU Prize for Literature, and the Prix Littéraire des Ambassadeurs de la Francophonie en Irlande in 2014. The novel went on to win the Irish Novel of the Year Award as well as the Irish Book of the Year. Her most recent novel, The River Capture, has been described by The Times as “One of the most surprising and original novels of 2019.”

Siobhan Mannion will read alongside Mary. Siobhan worked for many years as a radio producer in RTÉ and is a past winner of the Hennessy First Fiction and New Irish Writer of the Year awards. Her stories and essays have appeared in Irish and international publications including Granta, Winter Papers, Banshee, Eighteen Bridges, Stand, The Moth, and The Long Gaze Back and Silver Threads of Hope anthologies. She has a degree in English and French from Trinity College, and a Master’s in Film from UCD.
The writers will read from their work followed by a Q& A and an open-mic session. Local writers are welcome to read at the open-mic which operates on a first come, first served basis. The Word is a collaboration between Sligo Central Library and the BA in Writing & Literature at IT Sligo. There is no charge for this event. 26th February, 6.30 pm, Sligo Central Library.