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Kildare Library Services - A Profile

Kildare County Council's Library Services Department collects, records and presents indigenous and non-indigenous cultural material, thus creating an ‘archive' of information, imagination and experience.

This cultural archive is animated and articulated through the relationships between our staff and our ‘audiences' (the users of our services), allowing them to become familiar with, practice, enjoy and explore their cultural environment and to contribute to it.

The Cultural Archive is made up of Human, Physical, Technological and Programme Resources.


  • Our Public Representatives
  • Council Staff
  • Library Staff
  • Arts Officer and Arts staff
  • Project Staff
  • Arts Centre Staff
  • Artists
  • Archivists
  • Readers
  • Writers
  • Poets
  • Audiences
  • And agencies such as:

An Chomhairle Leabhalanna, Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Arts Council, County Development Board, VEC, FAS,KARE, KCP, KELT, SAM, schools, local community groups, local cultural groups such as local studies, music, amateur arts groups, professional artists.


Technological networks such as:

  • Internet
  • Intranet
  • Horizon Library Management System
  • Public access internet & computer services
  • Broadband


  • Libraries
  • A family and history research centre
  • Schools Library Service
  • Arts Centre
  • Quaker Museum
  • 2 mobiles and non-local authority venues such as: Club Schools, Naas hospital, Athy Travellers


Extensive book collections on all subjects (imaginative and factual)

  • Art Collections
  • Audio visual & music materials
  • Digital & Internet based resources
  • Archives
  • Local History and Irish History Collection
  • Genealogy data-base and newspaper indexes
  • Original manuscript material
  • Arts resource collection: stage, lights, plinths
  • Exhibition facilities


The role of Kildare County Council’s Arts Service is to foster, promote and develop the Arts in County Kildare.

“Arts means any creative or interpretative expression (whether traditional or contemporary) in whatever form, and includes, in particular, visual arts, theatre, literature, music, dance, opera, film, architecture and includes any medium when used for those purposes”. (Arts Act 2003, (2) section 6.1)

The Arts Service fulfils a number of functions including:

  • Formulation of policy for arts development and implementation of the Arts Development Plan
  • Devising, implementing, managing, monitoring and evaluating the Council’s Arts Programme
  • Provision of an advocacy, advice, information and support service for the Arts
  • Professional development and training opportunities for artists
  • Promotion and encouragement of participation in the arts as maker, participant and audience
  • Commissioning of new work
  • Devising, developing, managing and evaluating and Arts development programme
  • Promote models of good practice and artistic excellence in County kildare.
  • Advising and developing the physical cultural infrastructure
  • Managing grant aid and arts award opportunities

(See ‘Making Inroads: An Arts Development Plan for Kildare County Council, 2006-2011’ at