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There’s A Time For Everyone At Your Local Library

Posted Date: 14 September 2011

There’s A Time For Everyone At Your Local Library

From Monday 26th September 2011 Kildare Library Service will be offering a new schedule of opening hours and services at your local libraries in Celbridge, Maynooth, Leixlip, Naas, Newbridge, Kildare and Athy. In order to provide best value for money we will offer a quality service that will meet the changing needs of the people of Kildare whilst also encouraging new library users.

Scheduled Time

Libraries are no longer just about books.  An important part of our service in Kildare libraries over the past number of  years has been to meet the changing needs of communities by  increasing the amount of programmed events and activities for all ages e.g. bookclubs, art classes, parent and toddler groups, IT classes, lectures, local history clubs, school holiday workshops for children. The introduction of Scheduled Time will allow us to maximise the use of our libraries by all the community and will allow the service to expand our existing popular programming services.

During our new Scheduled Time we will be offering dedicated hours and support from our experienced and professional staff as part of a wide range of programmes and outreach events by appointment.

Scheduled Time will take place primarily in the mornings. During these hours we will facilitate and provide a range of programmed events, social inclusion projects, family learning projects, literacy and reader development projects, support for local primary and second level schools, IT training and lifelong learning projects in partnership with Kildare County Council, local and national organisations and community groups.

All existing clubs and events that take place during mornings will continue during Scheduled Time. Keep an eye on our website for new and exciting events that we have planned for in the near future at

Teachers and members of local groups or organisations who wish to avail of library services during our Scheduled Time should contact their local library for further information.

Open-Door Time

Kildare Library Service has undergone great improvements over the last few years. New branches have opened in Monasterevein, Kildare town and earlier this year in Kilcock. Our well stocked libraries now include DVDs, CDs, magazines and console games as well as the latest bestsellers in both fiction and non-fiction for lending.  Internet access is also available free of charge in all our branches.

Our primary services which include library lending, free computer and Internet access, information and reference services will continue to be available during our Open-Door Time which are our busiest times of the day - afternoons and evenings.

As part of our new schedule of hours we will also be introducing Saturday opening for the first time in Celbridge, Maynooth and in our new branch at Kildare town.

All The Time

Kildare Library Service now provides a 24 Hour eService.

There are currently over 400,000 items in stock to borrow at libraries in Kildare.  A quick search of our online catalogue will tell you what is available and where.  A member can check what books they have out and can renew these items.  You can now also request an item from the comfort of your home. Our new text messaging service alerts members when their books are overdue or when a requested item has come in for collection.

Kildare Library Service was one of the first in the country to provide access to a digital catalogue. From our website you can download eBooks, audio books, music and videos to your computer, compatible device or smartphone free of charge. Again Kildare is one of the first library services to offer an online language learning programme called BYKI, which delivers courses in up to 90 languages for free.

Library members also have free access to a selection of databases including Britannica Encyclopedia, Irish Times Archive – exact reproductions of all articles published since 1859, Ordnance Survey Ireland, Lexis-Nexis and much more.

Our very popular eHistory service provides free access to a range of online sources and research aids, which includes the Online eHistory Journal for the publication of material relating to the history and heritage of County Kildare.

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It is used by the people it is created for. YOU! So come along and visit, sample what your local library has to offer. We look forward to welcoming you and please check our our website for more information.

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