Your online library system is changing – for the better!

From March 29th, Sligo County Library Service along with libraries all over the country, will introduce a new online library system with improved functionality to help us provide a better service to library members.

Sligo Library borrowers existing details, including current holds, will also carry over to the new system.

The new system will have many improved features.

– Logging into your library account, and managing your reserves, reading lists and contact information will be much easier.

– The catalogue will be easier to use and will have images and recommendations as well as themed bookshelves and links to useful resources.

– You will be able to find, borrow and reserve eBooks and eAudiobooks as well as physical books in one searchable catalogue.

– You will be able to renew your library membership online.

– Our new system will also look and work great on mobile phones and tablets.



Some borrowers who have not used our traditional or online services for the past few months may, unknowingly, have an expired library account.

Unfortunately if this is the case then they will not have access to our online services until we complete the changeover to the new system. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused.


From March 21st – 28th, your online account will be temporarily unavailable and you will not be able to reserve or renew items online.


During this time, you will still be able to browse and borrow in your library and other library services.

All loans will be extended so you don’t need to worry about renewing items while your account is unavailable.

Thank you for your patience as we work to deliver the new and improved online experience.

Our new system will go live on Tuesday, March 29th. Please keep an eye on our website and social media channels for further updates.


Leas Cathaoirleach Councillor Donal Gilroy launched Breathe, Read, Relax; a book published as part of a Sligo Libraries project with Primary Schools.

The Word with Jan Carson – Ireland Reads Special : FREE EVENT

The Word, featuring Jan Carson, author of acclaimed new novel, The Raptures.


Jan will be in conversation with Una Mannion.

Ireland Reads Special

WEDNESDAY, February 23rd, 2022 6:30PM

FREE Online event.

Music with Nuala Kennedy


Open Mic

Jan Carson is a writer and community arts facilitator based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She has a novel, Malcolm Orange Disappears and short story collection, Children’s Children, (Liberties Press), two micro-fiction collections, Postcard Stories 1 and 2 (Emma Press) and a short story collection, The Last Resort (Doubleday). Her novel The Fire Starters (Doubleday) won the EU Prize for Literature for Ireland 2019, the Kitschies Prize for Speculative Fiction 2020 and was shortlisted for the Dalkey Book Prize 2020. Jan won the Harper’s Bazaar short story competition in 2016 and has been shortlisted for the BBC National Story Prize (2020), Sean O’Faolain Short Story Prize (2016) and the An Post Irish Short Story of the Year Award (2021). Jan’s latest novel, The Raptures was published by Doubleday in early 2022.

Una Mannion is a writer and teacher. Her debut novel A Crooked Tree was published in 2021 and her short stories have been published in journals and anthologies including The Art of the Glimpse: 100 Irish Short Stories. She is the editor of The Cormorant, a broadsheet of poetry and prose and is programme chair of the Writing + Literature BA at IT Sligo

Nuala Kennedy, World renowned traditional singer and flute player Nuala Kennedy grew up playing Irish music in Dundalk, County Louth and currently resides in Ennis, County Clare with her Appalachian singer husband A. J. Roach and their two young children. Her fourth solo release ‘Behave the Bravest‘ (2016) received accolades from reviewers and fans around the globe and was recorded over six months on three continents while on tour as ‘Nuala Kennedy Band’. (Sydney Australia, Los Angeles, California and Edinburgh, Scotland.) The album was mixed by renowned producer Paul Savage of Chem 19 Studios, Glasgow and mastered by GRAMMY-nominated engineer Adam Berg in L.A.

Open Mic

The Open Mic will be Limited to three attendees of the ZOOM event, with three minutes per person.

If you are interested in performing in the Open Mic, please email, NO LATER THAN TUESDAY, 22ND OF FEBRUARY. **Limited Space**

This event will be Streamed on Facebook on the night.

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. 0719111675

Contributions to The Arts Grants Schemes 2022

Closing date for receipt of applications for Contributions To The Arts Grants Schemes 2022

23 February 2022 – 23 February 2022 Organised by Arts Office



Sligo County Council Arts Service invites applications under the following categories:

Arts Venues and Organisations


The objective of the Scheme is to support the arts sector in Sligo to play a distinctive role in developing a vibrant and sustainable arts environment at a local, regional, national and international level in partnership with Sligo County Council.

An annual programme of events and activities should present new ideas and ways of working that can have far reaching effects for artists and audiences.

Application form and relevant attachments must be submitted by email to, referenced in the Subject Box as

Venues & Organisations Grant Application before 4 pm on Wednesday 23rd February 2022.

Arts Festivals and Events


The objective of the Scheme is to support Festivals and Events that promote public engagement with the arts as their core aim.

A festival may represent one art form or may include a wide variety of different art forms. Festivals or events may also be programmed over a number of months (e.g. a concert series).

Sligo County Council recognises the valuable contribution made by active voluntary committees in developing and sustaining festivals and events.

Application form and relevant attachments must be submitted by email to, referenced in the Subject Box as

Festivals & Events Grant Applicationâ before 4 pm on Wednesday 23rd February 2022.


For further information please contact Michelle Dunleavy, email:  Tel: 071 911 1673 

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