Oral Irish Leaving Cert Exam Practice

Feeling nervous about your Oral Irish exam? There is help at hand in libraries across Co. Cavan. Our very popular Oral Irish Workshops return this year on various dates across library branches. Free of charge!! Book early to avoid disappointed as places are limited.

Get fit with Activator Poles!

You can now borrow a set of activator poles from four libraries in Cavan - Johnston Central Library, Cootehill Library, Bailieborough Library and Virginia Library. To get you started on your 'walking with poles' journey we are hosting pole demonstrations in our libraries in the coming weeks. Check out our events pages for more details.

New clubs and groups at Virginia Library

Virginia Library is delighted to announce that regular programming of events for adults begins this January/February! We are planning to start a number of book clubs including - adult book club, audiobook club & baby book club. We are also inviting people to join an Irish Conversation Group/Club Leabhar. We have plans for Craft Group, Bake Club and Reminiscence Group. So would you like to join in? Everyone is welcome to any of these free events. To register your interest please pop in to see us or ring 049 8548456


Christmas & New Year Opening Hours 2023

All libraries in Co. Cavan will be closed from 4.00pm on Friday 22nd December and will re-open on Tuesday 2nd January 2024. We wish all our customers and friends a happy Christmas and a New Year full of hope and peace.

Family Time at Your Library

Family Time at Your Library is the annual reading initiative held every December. Events and activities take place in all libraries during the month which aim to support a family-focused approach to reading and to promote reading as a fun, recreational activity for children. We’re celebrating on Saturday 3rd December with events at Johnston Central Library, Cootehill Library, Bailieborough Library and Virginia Library – so come along and join the fun!


Cavan Library Service's Centenaries Lecture Series - Autumn 2023

Cavan Library Service's Centenaries Lecture Series in association with Cavan County Council’s Historian-in-Residence programme, takes place each Thursday from 5th October to 9th November 2023. The lectures take place in-person and will be recorded and made available to view online.


Historian-In-Residence New Webisode Series

Cavan County Council's Historian-In-Residence, Dr. Brendan Scott returns on 7th September to deliver four online webisodes all centered on themes and events which occurred 100 years ago, as part of our Decade of Centenaries 2023 programme. Webisode are available online on Thursday evenings at 7.30pm.

Children's Book Review Competition - closing 26th August!

For the month of August we are inviting children to enter our 𝗖𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗱𝗿𝗲𝗻'𝘀 𝗕𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝗥𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗲𝘁𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻!! Call in to Bailieborough Library, Cootehill Library or Johnston Central Library to collect an entry form. Write a review and draw a picture of a scene from the book, return your entries by 𝗦𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝟮𝟲𝘁𝗵 𝗔𝘂𝗴𝘂𝘀𝘁 to be placed in our draw to win a family size bar of chocolate!!

Bank Holiday Closures

All Cavan County Library branches will be closed this Bank Holiday weekend (Saturday 5th August - Monday 7th August). Branches will reopen as normal on Tuesday 8th August. Don't forget you can avail of our FREE online library services over the bank holiday weekend!

Bank Holiday Closures

All Cavan County Library branches will be closed this Bank Holiday weekend (Saturday 3rd February - Monday 5th February). Branches will reopen as normal from 10.00am on Tuesday 6th February. Don't forget you can avail of our FREE online library services over the bank holiday weekend!

Amazing Chess Tournament at Cootehill Library

To celebrate 𝗪𝗼𝗿𝗹𝗱 𝗖𝗵𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗗𝗮𝘆 Cootehill Library hosted a 𝗖𝗵𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗧𝗼𝘂𝗿𝗻𝗮𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 organised by chess master Tony McMahon. There was a fantastic turnout of 32 players! with some every intense matches! Congratulations to all the participants for attending but especially to the winners and runners-up!

Cavan Calling - Book Launch

There was a full house at the official launch of 'Faith, Hard Work and Endurance: selected tales from the Cavan Diaspora', by Jonathan Smyth (librarian Cavan Library Service). This fascinating book tells the story of the men and women who left these shores to seek new opportunities. Congratulations to Jonathan!

Cavan Calling!

The #CavanCalling homecoming festival is almost upon us! From 27th – 30th July the global Cavan family is invited to come home for an exciting celebration of Cavan, its people, culture, history, and landscape. Join us for on-street concerts, exhibitions, culinary events, music, song, dance and much more! Cavan is Calling you home.

Summer Stars Reading Adventure - It's back!

Summer Stars is the free national reading programme for children that takes place in public libraries every summer. It's a fantastic way to get kids reading, and gives them something worthwhile and fun to do during the summer break! Ask in your local library today about getting a reading card and joining the Summer Stars Reading Adventure!


New podcast episodes

The Cavan History Podcast, as part of the Decade of Centenaries returns and will air on Thursday, 22 June at 7.30pm. In this episode Micil Ryan will discuss the Life and Death of Andy O’Sullivan 1885 – 1923. The podcast will be available on Spotify, Acast and on

Your Summer Reads are sorted!

We are delighted to present the Summer Reads for 2023 – a carefully chosen compilation of books to while away the lazy days of Summer. Included are debut authors and a few old favourites to help transport you into places unknown! Available in all our libraries we we hope you discover your perfect ‘Summer Read’.

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The Bookmark - Latest Edition

The Bookmark - Our monthy newsletter with all the latest from libraries across the county.

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The Bookmark - Archived Editions

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