Wednesday, March 25, 2020

IF you’ve ploughed through your Netflix library, emptied your bookshelves, exhausted all topics of conversation and cabin fever is setting in, don’t forget you can join the library online and access ebooks, audiobooks, online magazines, courses and more straight away – for free!

While all public libraries are closed until 29 March in line with the government’s response to Covid-19, you can apply for a public library card online via You’ll get a temporary library number and can set up a library PIN – they will provide access to online services immediately.

Ebooks and audiobooks across a wide range of subjects and from many different authors can be accessed via BorrowBox (including for kids if you’re desperately trying to keep them entertained), while RB digital allows you to peruse magazines (including well-known titles like The Economist, Hello! Magazine, The New Yorker, Time, National Geographic and Cosmopolitan), as well as comics ranging from the Marvel Universe to the graphic novel version of Frozen.

Universal Class features over 500 free online continuing education courses which can be completed in your own time and at your own pace, free music streaming is available via FreeGal (with an eclectic mix ranging from Mandy Moore and Papa Roach to Bjork and Backstreet Boys), while members can also access a range of local, regional, national and international online newspapers and emagazines via PressReader – a recent addition. Links to each service are available at with more information at

“Our selection of electronic services offer something for everyone, with over 300 magazines, newspapers, ebooks, 1,200 comics, audiobooks and music streaming,” said Marian Higgins, county librarian. “You might also find time to learn a new skill with our ecourses, from tai chai to knitting, Photoshop to bread baking, creative writing to floral arrangements and many, many more.

“Now is your time to also brush up on a foreign language with access to over 110 languages, try out Afrikaans or closer to home Irish, on Transparent Language Online. Lots to occupy your time and, if there are little people in your house, watch out as we are going to start storytelling online via our social media channels.”

By Conor Forrest
Contact Newsdesk: 045 432147

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