Friday, December 19, 2014

Christmas Opening Hours at Sligo Libraries

Library  Times
Central Library
Closed from 5.15pm Tuesday 23rd December until 9.30am on Tuesday 30th December 2014.
Closed from 5.15pm Wednesday 31st December until 9.30am Friday 2nd January 2015.
Local Studies Library
Closed from 5pm Tuesday 23rd December until 9.30am on Tuesday 30th December 2014.
Closed from 5pm Wednesday 31st December until 9.30am Friday 2nd January 2015.
Ballymote Community Library
Closed from 5pm Tuesday 23rd December until 9.30am on Tuesday 30th December 2014.
Closed from 5pm Wednesday 31st December until 9.30am Friday 2nd January 2015.
Tubbercurry Community Library
Closed from 5.15pm Tuesday 23rd December until 12 noon on Tuesday 30th December 2014.
Closed from 5pm Wednesday 31st December until 9.30am Friday 2nd January 2015.
Enniscrone Branch Library
Closed from 5pm Tuesday 23rd December until 3pm on Tuesday 30th December 2014.
Closed from 7pm Wednesday 31st December until 1pm Friday 2nd January 2015.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our customers a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas Storytelling & Face Painting

Christmas Storytelling & Face Painting!
11am on December 23rd at Sligo Central Library.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.

See you all there!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Documentary Club in Ballymote Community Library

Watch new & interesting documentaries across diverse subjects in Ballymote Community Library. We meet every Thursday 5 - 7pm & welcome new members!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Saturday Stitchers in Ballymote Library

A new community group has formed in Ballymote called the 'Saturday Stitchers'. Bring along your unfinished pieces, get advice, tips and be inspired! A friendly group to have a cuppa & chat with, and to share your craft with like minded souls!

This knitting, crochet & embroidery group meet on Saturday mornings in Ballymote Community Library at 11.30am to 1pm.‌

For more information ring us at 071 9111669.  Please also ask us about any other community groups that are run through our library service. All are welcome so see you all there!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Open Libraries

Over the years Sligo County Council’s library services has been to the fore in the introduction of the latest technology and best practice in the field of librarianship. Sligo Library was the first section of the Council to introduce the internet in 1995, along with the first cultural tourism DVD, also being the first in Sligo to make publicly accessible WiFi throughout Sligo County Council’s branch network in the early noughties, among many other initiatives.

An opportunity arose in 2014 for Sligo County Council’s library service to engage in a pilot scheme to examine the feasibility of introducing the latest trend in library practice namely “Open Libraries”. This opportunity has been taken by Sligo County Council with a view to piloting the system in Tubbercurry Community Library beginning in November 2014 for a twelve month period.

The main aim of Open Libraries is to increase access for individuals and communities to public libraries and to improve library services. By increasing accessibility we hope to improve upon the availability of our services to a wider audience in the communities we serve; to audiences who for whatever reason are unable to do so within the current opening hours.

Where the Open Libraries model has been rolled out in Europe research has shown that new groups of users are able to utilise the services provided, in particular, on Sundays and late evenings.The Open Libraries pilot will make Tubbercurry library facility available to the Open Library members who are over 18 years of age between the hours of 8am to 10pm seven days a week. For users of the service who still wish to interact with a library staff member or Europe Direct Information Centre staff member, normal staffing times will remain the same from Tuesday to Saturday outside of which the library will be accessible to members who sign up for Open Libraries.

The pilot will take place throughout 2015 and as with any pilot the Open Library will be evaluated and adapted accordingly as the service is rolled out over the twelve months of the pilot.

For more information on how to register & use this service please contact Tubbercurry Community Library on 071 9111705.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Sligo Central Library Opening Hours

From Tuesday 16th September 2014 Opening hours for Sligo Central  Library are as follows:

Opening Hours
Day Opening Time
Monday Closed
Tuesday 9.30am – 5.15pm
Wednesday 9.30am – 5.15pm
Thursday 9.30am – 5.15pm
Friday 9.30am – 5.15pm
9.30am – 1pm &
2pm - 5pm*
Sunday Closed

*Closed on Saturday of Bank Holiday weekends

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Sligo Libraries Updated Mobile Schedule

Sligo Library Service has launched its new Mobile Library Schedule for September to December 2014. To see a full listing of the various scheduled stops please click on the following link here

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

National Play day @ Sligo Central Library

Sligo Central Library Mon 7th July from 3-5 Board Games with Wayne O'Connor. Parents and Children and all ages welcome so ring 071-9111675 to book your place!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

World War I Exhibition

An Exhibition entitled “News From the Past” commemorating the people of Sligo’s Involvement in World War 1 can be viewed at Sligo County Museum from 10th June to 28th September 2014. The exhibition will give the opportunity to visitors to view newspapers from the period, photos, letters, medals and other memorabilia from World War 1. For the first time the names of all the Sligo people who died in World War 1, including their address, rank, unit, place and date of death will be displayed. A book of condolence to their memory will be opened thus giving members of the public an opportunity to pay tribute to the people from Sligo who lost their lives in World War 1. This project has been funded by the Peace III Programme through the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund managed for the Special EU Programmes Body by Sligo County Council on behalf of Sligo Peace & Reconciliation Partnership Committee. Please visit for further information.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Ballymote Opening Hours

Opening hours for Ballymote Community Library are: From Tuesday 13th May 2014 Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 09.30am – 5.00pm Thursday 12.00pm – 7.00pm Saturday 09.30am – 1.30pm* *Closed on Public Holiday Saturdays

Thursday, April 10, 2014

IMPAC Award Shortlist announced!

Ten novels have been shortlisted for the 2014 International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award, managed by Dublin City Libraries. The list includes five novels in translation from Argentina, Colombia, France, Norway, and The Netherlands and novels from Australia, Ireland, Malaysia, the UK and the USA.

The IMPAC DUBLIN Award, an initiative of Dublin City Council, is worth €100,000 to the winner and is the world’s most valuable annual literary award for a single work of fiction published in English.

The Lord Mayor will announce the winner on 12th June 2014.

The shortlisted titles, announced by The Deputy Lord Mayor of Dublin Councillor Henry Upton, in Dublin are:

1.The Detour by Gerbrand Bakker, (Dutch) translated by David Colmer. Published by Harvill Secker.
2.Questions of Travel by Michelle De Kretser (Sri Lankan / Australian) Published by Allen & Unwin.
3.Absolution by Patrick Flanery (American) (First novel) Published by Atlantic Books.
4.A Death in the Family by Karl Ove Knausgaard (Norwegian) Translated by Don Bartlett. Published by Harvill Secker.
5.Three Strong Women by Marie NDiaye (French) Translated by John Fletcher. Published by MacLehose / Quercus and by Alfred A. Knopf.
6.Traveller of the Century by Andrés Neuman (Argentinian) Translated from the original Spanish by Nick Caistor and Lorenza Garcia. Published by Pushkin Press and by Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
7.The Light of Amsterdam by David Park (Northern Irish) Published by Bloomsbury.
8.The Spinning Heart  by Donal Ryan (Irish) (First novel) Published by Doubleday Ireland / Lilliput Press.
9.The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng (Malaysian) Published by Myrmidon.
10.The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vásquez (Colombian) Translated from the original Spanish by Anne McLean. Published by Bloomsbury.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann | Sligo, Ireland 10th - 17th August 2014

The All Ireland Fleadh returns to Sligo this August, home to some of Ireland's finest traditional musicians, Coleman, Morrison and Killoran to name a few. To get a taste of whats in store please have a look at the  video below!

Easter Opening Hours at Sligo Libraries

All Sligo Library Service Branches will be closed for Easter from Friday 18th April through to Easter Monday 21st April inclusive.
Sligo Central Library closes on Thursday 17th April at 5.15pm, reopens on Wednesday 23rd April at 9.30am.
Local Studies Library closes on Thursday 17th April at 5pm, reopens on Wednesday 23rd April at 9.30am.
Ballymote Community Library closes on Thursday 17th April at 5pm, reopens on Wednesday 23rd April at 9.30am.
Tubbercurry Community Library closes on Thursday 17th April at 5pm, reopens on Tuesday 22nd April at 12 noon.
Enniscrone Branch Library closes on Thursday 17th April at 5pm, reopens on Tuesday 22nd April at 3pm.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Sligo Central Library to move to Town Hall?

County Manager Mr Ciaran Hayes suggested 'fantastic' City Hall could be new home for Sligo library! A selection of comments from the public can be seen below;

  'i had the same idea!'
'We have a new Manager in Sligo. This is his suggestion'
 'Fantastic idea, lets make it happen'
 'that's a great idea, would love to see Sligo town with a decent library'
 'It would be the envy of the country if it did.....'
 'Fantastic suggestion! City Hall is so beautiful it should be used by the public all the time....'

Please visit twitter account @sligolib to view all tweets and comments. 
Also visit   for Robert Cullen's editorial on the suggestion.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

European Information evening in Tubbercurry Community Library

The Tubbercurry Europe Direct Information Centre, which is based in Tubbercurry Community Library, will host a special European information evening on Thursday 20th February from 6 pm.

The evening will get underway with Mary O’Rourke, former Fianna Fail TD and Senator, in conversation with Tommy Marren and be followed by an expert panel discussion on Ireland post-troika and the importance of the EU.  The panel will also include Francis Jacobs, European Parliament Information Office, Ireland and Dr. John O’Brennan, Lecturer, European Politics and Society in NUI Maynooth.

The Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council, Councillor Pat McGrath, said this forum provides an ideal opportunity for people to find out about the importance of Ireland’s historic links and current engagement with our European partners.

Jim Horan, Tubbercurry EDIC Manager, anticipates an excellent evening of conversation and debate from Mary O’Rourke, the specialist panel and a lively audience during a Question and Answer session at the end. With the European Elections in just three months time this is a chance for people to ask questions about the EU and Ireland’s role within it.

Admission is FREE. The event runs from 6 pm to 9 pm on Thursday 20th February. Food and refreshments will also be served on the night. As a special incentive a prize will also be given on the night to the best question while all who attend the event will also be entered into a draw for a prize.

For further information: Call 071 9111705  or e-mail

This is a ‘European Elections’ event.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Ballymote Community Library Update

Due to an incident at Ballymote Community Library on Wednesday 29th January, the library is temporarily closed. It is intended to re-open the facility once the garda investigation is completed.
Sligo County Council regrets the inconvenience caused by this closure. While Ballymote Community Library is closed, services are available at Tubbercurry Community Library, Enniscrone Branch library and Sligo Central Library. Details of schedules and routes of Sligo Library’s mobile service are available at 071 9111675 and on-line at

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Central Library Revised Opening Hours

Updated Wednesday 15th January 2014

Day Opening Time 
Monday Closed
Tuesday  Closed
Wednesday  9.30am - 5.15pm
Thursday  9.30am - 5.15pm
Friday  9.30am - 5.15pm
Saturday  Open: 9.30am - 1pm
Closed for lunch: 1pm - 2pm
Open: 2pm - 5pm*
Sunday  Closed

These opening hours will be reviewed again in April 2014.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

IMPAC Award 2014 gets underway

Three Irish novels are among 152 titles that have been nominated by libraries worldwide for the €100,000 International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award. Organised by Dublin City Council, the 2014 Award was launched by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Oisín Quinn, Patron of the Award.

The Irish titles are:
  • The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan, nominated by Cork City Libraries and by Dublin City Public Libraries, Ireland;
  • The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín, nominated by Bibliothèque Municipale de Mulhouse, France and by Winnipeg Public Library, Canada
  • The Light of Amsterdam by David Park (Northern Irish), nominated by Tampere City Library, Finland.

Lord Mayor, Oisín Quinn, commended the ‌ DUBLIN Award for its promotion of excellence in world literature as well as for the opportunity to promote Irish writing internationally.  ‘Dublin is a UNESCO City of Literature and cultural tourism is a vital part of the City’s economy’ he said: ‘this prestigious Award enhances the City’s worldwide reputation as a literary destination’.

The 2014 Judging Panel comprises Irish author, Catherine Dunne (shortlisted for Irish Book Awards – 2013 Eason Novel of the Year); Malaysian novelist Tash Aw (longlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize); Giles Foden, British novelist and Professor of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia; Maya Jaggi, award winning cultural journalist and critic for Guardian Review  and Maciej Świerkocki, Polish translator, critic, scriptwriter, novelist and editor. The non-voting Chairperson is Eugene R. Sullivan.
Other novels nominated for the 2014 Award include Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel, winner of the 2012 Man Booker Prize and the Costa Prize; The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson , winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for  Fiction, and The Round House by Louise Erdrich, winner of the 2012 National Book Award.
Among the 41 translated authors are Mario Vargas Llosa (Peruvian-Spanish writer, winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize for Literature); Karl Ove Knausgård (Norway), Herman Koch (The Netherlands) and Ragna Sigurðardóttir (Iceland).
Two previous winners of the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, 2010 winner Gerbrand Bakker and 1998 winner Herta Müller, have also been nominated. Herta Müller was also the recipient of the 2009 Nobel prize.
The most nominated books this year are Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel and Canada by Richard Ford, both of which received nine nominations from libraries in Canada, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Switzerland, Britain and America. Other books nominated by multiple libraries are The Dinner by Herman Koch, The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson, The Round House by Louise Erdrich and The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce.
All the novels nominated for the Award are available for readers to borrow from Dublin’s public libraries.
The shortlist will be made public on 9th April 2014.

The Lord Mayor will announce the winner on 12th June 2014.