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What you will find at your local library

Kildare Library and Arts Services currently hold over 400,000 items in the network of library service points around the county. These include:

  • Fiction and non-fiction books for Adults, Young People and Children
  • Large print items 
  • CDs, Videos and DVDs
  • Language Learning Packs
  • Multimedia 
  • Reference Collections
  • Audiobooks,
  • Adult & Children Literacy Collections
  • Multicultural Collections
  • Local history material including maps, photographs and manuscripts
  • Business information

Newspapers and magazines on a wide range of recreational and educational topics are available throughout our network of branches. Some back issues of magazines are available for lending. See individual branches for details

You will also find a host of resources and information such as:

Community information: Kildare Library & Arts Services serve as an integrated source of local, National and European information including:

  • County Council Application Forms
  • Information Files on a Range of Subjects
  • Local History Files
  • College Prospectuses
  • Community Notice Boards
  • National Newspaper Files
  • Many branches have a space for exhibitions or meetings, which is made available to local groups and organisations. 
  • Range of Books and Leaflets to help with everyday matters such as Rights, Benefits and Personal Finances
  • Local and national directories
  • Consumer & Citizen Information

ICT Access : to provide self-learning opportunities and access for all to the Information Society, Kildare Library and Arts Services provide free computer and Internet Access . Some branches also offer self-learning packages for adults and children.

Events : Kildare Library & Arts Services operate as a space and a place for all through it’s buildings and its wide and varied programme of events for adults and children. To find out more about library events check our events calendar, Riverbank Arts Centre or for all events in the County see Events are also advertised via local media, leaflets and posters.

Kildare Library and Arts Services recognise the changes in Kildare’s structure, community and people. We are committed to principles of access and inclusion and strive to respond to all users, by offering diverse and inclusive collections and services. Click here for more details on multicultural collections and services.

There are a number of book clubs running in libraries around the county, which are proving to be extremely popular. Click here for book club information, details, reviews, useful links and lots more.

Kildare Library and Arts Services have a selection of books related to County Kildare. Click here for details and a list of local publications

Services for Children & Young People: All branches offer dedicated space, stock, multi-media material and services to children and young people. The stock ranges from books for toddlers to teenage material. Other services include reference material, multimedia stock, educational toys and games, Internet access and various national and local events and programmes.

These resources will vary from branch to branch. Please see individual branches for more information.