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Frequently Asked Questions

If you live or work in Westmeath County you can join at any branch of Westmeath County Library Service. 

  • Simply fill out an application form available at the information desk
  • Provide official identification to staff , photograph and address eg driver’s license, or passport & utility bill.
  • From Feb 2017, you will be able to register online at Libraries Ireland
  • Any Libraries Ireland member can use their membership card in participating libraries
  • Membership is free for all from Jan 2016

You can borrow books, cassettes CDs, DVDs and videos. You can borrow 12 items on a ticket.

You may also download audiobooks, ebooks and magazines. All you need is your library card number and your pin. Find out more at www.westmeathcoco.ie/Libonline

Most items can be borrowed for a loan period of 3 weeks.

From Jan 2019, there are no fines on overdue items. Overdue notifications by text and email will still be sent as reminders.

You can renew items for a further period by phone, by on-line renewal or in person. You cannot renew an item that is reserved by someone else, or where its renewal limit has been reached To renew items by phone or in person please have your membership card ready.

Visit Libaries Ireland lgoin to your account. To use the My account facilities, you will be asked to enter:

  • your 14-digit library card barcode
  • and your four-digit personal identification no. (PIN), you can get this by asking our staff.

1) Select Loans from the menu on the left. Tick the boxes to the left of each title and select the Renew button to extend the loan. Items can be renewed provided they are not already requested by another library member. Each item can only be renewed 5 times.

For more details please refer to How to Renew Online

After searching the catalogue, library members can request (or place a ‘hold’ on) books or other items by clicking Request copy. You then enter your barcode & PIN, before clicking on the final Request button. (You also have the option to add a comment, e.g., “Cancel request after 1st January ”). Some items may not be requested for loan, e.g., Reference items. (read more)

If the book you require is not available in any public library in Ireland you can request a book via Inter Library Loan. Please speak to a member of staff for more information. The following fees apply:

  • Inter Library Loan  €12.00 

You may also request a book by filling out this form. Please note, your membership must be in date.

Contact details for individual libraries are listed under Your Library.

Holiday arrangements vary. Westmeath Libraries closes for a number of days over the Christmas and Easter periods; and on St. Patrick's Day and bank holidays (e.g. Bank Holiday Mondays, libraries close on the Monday and preceding Saturday).

Check the library website and your local library noticeboards for details of particular holiday arrangements.

You can check your personal record online if you have a PIN. This number prevents unauthorised people from gaining access to your record. If you do not have a PIN, call in to any library and you will be assigned one. (read more about your online account here)

Present your library card at any library and you will be assigned a PIN. It is important that you attend in person so that your identity can be verified. This is to prevent unauthorised people from gaining access to your personal record. (Read more for information on resetting your PIN)

Westmeath County Library Service provides internet access in all our local libraries. There is now wi-fi access in Athlone, Mullingar, Castlepollard, Moate and Kilbeggan libraries. Internet sessions are free and may be booked for 15mins or 60 mnute sessions.

A maxium of 2 hour sessions may be booked in order to accommodate demand.

Children and teenagers must have written parental permission. The Internet Permission Form (7kB)   must be signed by a parent in your local library.

WiFi Internet is available for library members in Mullingar, Athlone, Moate, Castlepollard and Kilbeggan libraries. Please read the Wi-Fi Guidelines (83kB) .

Restrictions apply on access to certain sites.

For security, we cannot allow removable media such as memory sticks. For further details of our internet usage policy, please read the Guidelines for internet usage (10kB) 

Yes. The online catalogue may be searched by author, title or keyword. The catalogue will tell you the location, and if the item is available or on loan.

Current issues of newspapers are available in a number of local libraries. Older local papers are available in the Local Studies Department on microfilm in Mullingar and Athlone libraries. You can also find the Westmeath Examiner online through the online Irish Newspaper Archives which you can access in any Westmeath library.

The Irish Times Digital Archive is available online and free of charge. The digital archive contains the entire The Irish Times from the first edition in 1859 to the present.

Yes. North Westmeath resources and General Material on Westmeath are held in our Library in Mullingar. The Aidan Heavey Public Library in Athlone holds South Westmeath resources. Small collections of local interest are held in all our libraries. Before your visit contact us by e-mail or with a phone-call to check on the availability of particular material.

Report the loss of your card to your local library. You will be then issued with a new card, there is a fee of €1.00 for your replacement card. Your borrower information, including outstanding loans or requests will be transferred to the new card.

There will be no replacement charge for children’s items which have been lost or damaged. Library members under 18 will not be asked to pay replacement costs.

You will be asked to pay a replacement charge if the item which has been lost or damaged is an adult item. This cost will be calculated as the purchase price of the item. Replacement charges can be paid at any library branch, regardless of where the item originated from. Alternatively, you can provide us with a replacement copy.

Please note, if you have not notified the library of the loss or damage, your card will be temporarily blocked from borrowing or renewing items, including e-books and e-audio books until you make contact with a library staff member.

Westmeath County Library Service is always grateful to those who consider donating material to the library service. However, we have to be selective in what we accept as donations because of the work involved in processing stock, the cost of book storage and the cost of disposal of irrelevant stock. Westmeath County Library Service reserves the right to accept or reject any donation. Donations must be outright and unconditional with ownership transferring immediately. (Please see our Donations Policy (2012) (69kB)   for further information) 

There is one exception to this rule. Archival / historical material relating to Westmeath may be accepted on a permanent or short term loan in certain circumstances. (Please see our Deposit Agreement Form (2012) (93kB) for more information).

Donations are also accepted on the basis that access, location and disposal of donations will be determined by Westmeath County Library Service.

Yes. All Westmeath libraries, apart from Ballynacarrigy, offer printing and photocopying services for a fee.
Black and White A4 prints and photocopies cost .25
Colour A4 prints and photocopies cost .30
Black and white A3 prints and photocopies cost €1.00 (where available)
Colour A3 prints and photocopies cost €2.00(where available)