Library Service announce plans for re-opening arrangements.


Sligo Central Library will be open to the public for a counter service, in addition to the already existing contact and collect service, from 30th June on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays,  9.30am to 4.45pm.

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


Tubbercurry Community Library and Ballymote Community Library will offer the same services as Central Library on Wednesdays and Fridays, 9.30am to 4.45pm.

Enniscrone Branch Library will provide a similar service on Wednesday and Friday afternoons 2pm to 4.45pm and Saturdays 9.30am – 1.30pm.

These opening times will operate for the month of July.

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.

In Phase 2, services will be provided to the public in a step-by-step manner in line with public health guidance.  

What to expect in Phase 2

From week beginning 8th June, arrangements for the return of items on loan to branch libraries will be put in place.  From that date the Library service will deal with the backlog of requested items for which customers will be notified with a collection time and date.

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.

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


• 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.

Gradual re-opening

This means that initially library spaces will be restricted to library staff only and will not be accessible to the public. As the government roadmap progresses, the library sector will plan a gradual re-opening aligned to health and safety directives. But over time, and with caution and care, we will begin to re-open our buildings to the public. Certain infrastructural work has to be put in place in order to allow for safe access to the library branch network.

This work should be completed by the week beginning 22nd June 2020 by which time the public will gain restricted access to branch libraries.

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 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


  • Sligo Central Library:
  • Ballymote:
  • Tubbercurry:

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Sligo County Council

29th May 2020