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In Your Library - Services for Children

How to join

  • Everyone under the age of 18 years can join the library free of charge.
  • Just fill out an application form, get a parent or guardian to sign it and show some ID.
  • You will then be issued with your own library card – you can take 8 items for 3 weeks at a time. If you want to keep them for longer, you can renew items over the phone, in person or on the Internet.

What your library has for you

Your local library will have:

  • Fiction and Non-fiction books,
  • Non-book items like cassettes, cds, dvds, and videos,
  • A reference area with encyclopaedias, dictionaries
  • Special collection such as literacy readers
  • Multicultural materials

Some libraries also have:

  • Homework clubs & book clubs
  • Local history sections
  • Board Games & Educational toys

Computer and Internet

Facilities are available in all branches. To use computers you must get a guardian to fill out a consent form. Software varies from branch to branch, so check your local branch. As this is a very popular facility it is recommended to book a computer session in advance. Each session lasts 50 minutes – it is held for 15 minutes after the allotted time, after which it may be given to another user if there is a waiting list.

Events & Activities

Kildare Library & Arts Service offers a wide and varied programme of events for children. These range from arts& crafts, dance, workshops, music, film, quizzes and visual art.

To find out more about library events check our , Riverbank Arts Centre or for all events in the County see Events are also advertised via local media, leaflets and posters.

How do I find a book?

If you know the name of the book or the author, you can check the Internet or ask a member of staff at your local library. This will tell you if we have the book, if it is on the shelf or out on loan.

If it is a fiction book, it will be filed according to the author’s surname. It is alphabetical and goes from A to Z on the shelves.

Non fiction books have class numbers, e.g 941.5, which are printed on the books. They are arranged numerically, and go from 001 to 999.

There is also a range of special collections which may be colour coded or shelved on separate shelves.

If your local library does not have the book you want, you can fill out a request card, and we will try and get it for you.

Young Adults

Each branch has a dedicated stock for young adults. This includes fiction, non-fiction, reference material, and cds, dvds and videos.

Whether it’s information on a topic for school or for pleasure, you will find lots to help you. The young adult sections are usually separate and colour coded – just check with your local branch.

Young adults also have free access to the Internet and Computer facilities. You will need to get a consent form signed by a parent or guardian.

Kildare Library & Arts Service also offers a varied event programme for young adults. For more details check out the  or