Abbeyleix Library

Monday Closed
Tuesday 9.30am- 1.30pm, 2.30pm – 5.00pm
Wednesday 9.30am- 1.30pm, 2.30pm – 5.00pm
Thursday 9.30am- 1.30pm, 2.30pm – 7.30pm
Friday 9.30am- 1.30pm, 2.30pm – 5.00pm
Saturday 10.00am- 2.00pm *
* Closed Saturdays of Bank Holiday Weekends

Abbeyleix library at night

Contact us:

By phone at: 057 87 30020


Address: Market House, Main Street, Abbeyleix, Co. Laois, R32 CY65.



Adult Lending: Children and Young Adult Sections: Foreign Language Novels: Large Print; Audio Books; Language; Travel; Sheet Music

CDs; DVDs, adult and children

Reference; Learning Resources;

Internet Access: Photocopying; Printing

Access to Ordnance Survey

Historic Maps


New Books

More new books!

Some notable new Adult Fiction:

Colm Tóibín’s House of Names : A Greek House of Cards where Tóibín gives a voice to the women of ancient Greek myths.

Steve Cavanagh’s The Lair : Book number three in the Eddie Flynn series. A great new series within the legal thriller genre. If you like Micheal Connolly’s books, you’re sure to love Steve Cavanagh’s books.

Erin Kelly’s He Said She Said : Being touted as the psychological thriller of 2017. Erin Kelly being the author whose work inspired the TV show Broadchurch.


Some notable new Young Adult Fiction:

Release by Patrick Ness : The new book from Patrick Ness tackles some tough subject matter, as he always does to great effect. Patrick Ness is one of our favourite authors and we would strongly recommend any of his other work.

Tanya Landman’s Beyond the Wall : Tanya Landman is the winner of the 2015 Carnegie Medal and her new book keeps the quality flowing.  Set in the days of Roman Britain, a heart-stopping tale of love, corruption and the power of choice. A roman slave girl seeks to escape beyond Hadrian’s Wall into the wilderness away from Roman control.


Some notable new Children Fiction:

Dragon’s Green by Scarlett Thomas : A book that includes spells, wizards, wands, school and a child with a great future ahead of them, no it’s not Harry Potter but fans of that series will love this!

Pet Defenders 2 by Gareth P Jones, Beards from Outer Space : It’s up to Biskit and Mitzy to save the earth from the army of alien beards from outer space! Can the pets save the chins of earth from the Beard King and keep their secret from the humans? Read and find out.



Eadrom Art  for 6 to 12 year olds and Crafty Art for 4 to 8 year olds. Details available in branch.

Junior Chess Club every Saturday morning at 10am.

Knitting Club 10.30am each Wednesday.

Adult Mindfulness Colouring every Tuesday morning from 11am.

Laois Geology & Minecraft Rocks

For National Heritage we had Michele Castiaux from the Irish Geological Association presented a fun and informative workshop on geology and Irish rocks. We also talked about the popular game Minecraft and the rocks used in that.

We had a great time and would recommend people to check out Michele’s website

Spring into Storytime: Storytelling and Crafty Arts




Thanks to all the children who participated in our Spring into Storytime Crafts session last Friday. We had a great time and we hope everyone else did as well.

Keep an eye out for further sessions.



Abbeyleix Library LEGO club started on October 22nd 2016 with a Halloween themed event.

Since then we have had 45 different sessions with over 600 attendees creating their own little LEGO visions.

Here’s a sample of their work below. Click on the images for a closer look.

We’ve had some great fun since October,


But like all goods things, the LEGO Club must come to an end. Don’t fret, it will be back in time for a Halloween special.

The format will be changing but all those who have their names on the list, will still be on the list in October.

Thanks everyone for all the support and donations. And thanks to all the kids who have made it a joy to run the LEGO Club.

See you in October.