About Us

Libraries matter. 

Cavan County Council’s Library Service provides unlimited and free access to information, education, leisure, entertainment and business development.  CavanLibrary Service exists to improve and enhance the quality of life for all ages and all groups in society. Our service is a conduit for active citizenship and a hub for local activity.  

We have come a long way since our humble beginnings  in Cavan Courthouse in 1930. 

We now provide:

  • Three full-time libraries

  • Six part-time libraries

  • Free library membership and free lending. Our no fines policy breaks down all barriers tolibrary membership

  • Three multi-purpose spaces with active and engaging arts, cultural, educational and community events programming.

  • Free Wi-Fi and Internet access

  • Dedicated study spaces and with access to photocopying/printing/scanning facilities

  • E-Library services including free access Online Library services.

  • An extensive Local History Collection and Local History Service 

  • Library services to Primary and Secondary School throughout Co. Cavan with dedicated library visit schedules

  • National Library Programmes ie. Right to Read, Healthy Ireland at Your Library, Work Matters

  • A library service at Loughan House Prison 


Cavan Library Service publishes 'The Bookmark', a monthly newsletter which features up-to-date information on all Cavan libraries, our events and general library news.


View this months issue of The Bookmark here



Our Mission & Core Values

Cavan County Council’s Library Service mission is to provide educational, informational, cultural and recreational library resources and services in a professional and inclusive way, enabling people living in County Cavan to improve the quality of their lives.

Our Core Values are

  • Open access to recorded knowledge, information and creative works

  • Commitment to literacy and learning of all kinds

  • Dedication to equality, with respect for diversity and individuality

  • Preservation of the human record

  • Delivery of excellence in services

  • Working in partnership to advance these values


Our Vision for 2020

Our vision describes how we want our Library Service to be by 2020. 

     We want to:

  • Be a model of excellence within easy reach of everyone

  • Provide equitable access to ideas, information and knowledge

  • Be the community’s core asset for lifelong learning and empowerment.

  • Ensure our services are well used, relevant, accessible and welcoming.

  • Provide access through a network of branch libraries, a mobile library and online

  • Use new technologies to extend access to library services beyond library walls

  • Listen to our users and embrace change to improve our services

  • Develop and sustain productive community partnerships

  •  Inspire trust through the provision of quality services and transparent accountability.


For further information, please see 

Evolving Libraries: Cavan Library Service Development Plan 2017-2021.