for County Mayo (West of Ireland)
Mayo County Library through its network of branches provides for the cultural, educational and informational needs of local communities in the county through the provision of books. The service consists of 17 branch libraries, two mobile libraries and a schools library service located in all parts of County Mayo. A comprehensive collection of resources, in both traditional and automated formats, is available in every branch with free Internet Access on offer in 14 Mayo libraries.
The services of Mayo County Library include the following:
- Providing information from a range of sources including a general collection of books, reference books on all subjects and the Internet
- Promoting and encouraging reading, particularly among younger people, through a collection of fiction, various supplementary activites and events including book clubs, author visits, book launches and story reading sessions
- Collecting and preserving all available material relevant to County Mayo and making it accessible to local historians, students and researchers
- Developing libraries as centres of culture by making them available for art exhibitions, historical exhibitions, lectures, musical performances and other activities
- Making libraries open to all and enabling people to overcome any barriers such as language or physical disability that might make it difficult to use their services. Assistive technologies for the visually and hearing impaired and people with physical disabilities are also provided
- Mayo County Library, Castlebar: 094 904 7925 / 904 7936
- Achill Library: 098 20910
- Ballina Library: 096 70833
- Ballinrobe Library: 094 954 1896
- Ballyhaunis Library: 094 963 0161
- Belmullet Library: 097 82555
- Charlestown Librar:y 094 925 5934
- Clare Island Library: 098 29838
- Claremorris Library: 094 937 1666
- Crossmolina Library:096 31939
- Foxford Library: 094 925 6040
- Inishturk Library: 098 45778
- Kilkelly Library: 094 936 7758
- Kiltimagh Library 094 938 1786
- Louisburgh Library: 098 66658
- Swinford Library 094 925 2065
- Westport Library: 098 25747
In recent years, through the growth of the Internet and the greater availability of computers, Mayo library services have been made much more accessible to people in every corner of the county. It is now possible for people to search the library catalogue, check their borrower records and request items from the comfort of their own home 24 hours a day.
Library members can avail of online databases and other services including the Irish Times, Wilson periodicals database and Encyclopaedia Britannica.
If you are interested in the history of your parish, the lives of famous Mayo people in history or indeed the origins of your own surname, you can disover a wealth of information at your local library. All branch libraries hold collections relating to the local history of their particular area. Local history sources, Ordnance Survey maps etc can also be accessed online.
Mayo County Library in Castlebar has a wealth of material on the history and heritage of the county from earliest times to the present. The County Library continually acquires material of local interest through books, manuscripts, journals, newspapers, photographs, maps, CD-rom, microfilm etc. The result is an extremely comprehensive collection that library members can access and it is backed up by the latest in visual, audio visual and copying equipment.