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28/08/2015 - Longer opening hours at local libraries announced

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Engrossed in a good book at a local library in Donegal


Donegal County Council is delighted to announce that from Monday, September 7 Donegal Library Service will be offering a new schedule of opening hours which will result in longer opening times in many local libraries across the county.


These new hours will assist in continuing to offer a quality service that will meet the changing needs of the people of Donegal. The new hours will be implemented at all local libraries and the Central Library in Letterkenny will introduce these new hours in the coming months.


The new schedule of opening hours means that local libraries will be extending their opening hours in the morning and details on specific opening times for each library is available on .


The new schedule of opening hours will see the introduction of ‘Scheduled Time’, ‘Open Door Time’ and ‘All the Time’.


Scheduled Time

Libraries now offer much more than books. An important part of the service is about meeting the changing needs of communities by providing programmed events and activities for all ages. These activities include bookclubs, summer reading programmes, rhyme time sessions, local history talks, exhibitions, art workshops and computer classes. To help maximise the use of our libraries by all the community we have introduced ‘Scheduled Time’ were we will be offering dedicated hours and support for a wide range of programmes for specific community organisations and school groups.


Teachers and local groups or organisations who wish to avail of library service during scheduled hours are asked to contact their local library to make an appointment.


Open Door Time

These libraries will still continue to provide quality services during ‘Open Door Time’ which is accessible to all members of the public.  As part of this ‘Open Door Time’ opening hours will be extended in the morning in many of the local libraries across the county. Specific opening times for each library is available on


All the Time

Donegal Library Service also provides a 24 hour eService. There are currently over 400,000 items in stock to borrow from libraries in Donegal. A quick search of the online catalogue will tell you what is available. In addition, Donegal Library Service provides a digital catalogue and you can download eBooks, audio books, eMagazines free of charge. The library also offers access to a range of national and international papers online as well as online dictionaries and encyclopaedias for adults and children.


A space is just a space until it is used by the people it is created for – You!  So come along and visit and sample what your local library has to offer. For more information visit or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

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