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Visiting us

 An appointment is necessary when visiting the Local Studies' Department from Monday, May 10th 2021. This is due to Covid 19 restrictions, details below: It is not necessary to be an existing member of Kilkenny County Library to use our services.

How do I access the Local Studies’ Department?

The Local Studies’ Department is open by appointment only. To comply with Covid 19 Guidelines we can only have one person at a time in the Research Room. You can book an appointment by phoning 056 7794160 or email

We will ask you some short questions re: your Covid 19 status prior to your visit.

 What do I do when I arrive?

You ring 056 7794160, a staff member will escort you to the Research Room, face coverings should be worn when visiting John’s Green House. Hand sanitizing is mandatory when entering the building.

 What services are available when I arrive?

The service is access only, we cannot provide guidance in the research room, however we can provide this by phone or email. You must bring your own writing materials if required. Wi-Fi is available if you want to bring your own devices.

Standard access to microforms, etc is available.

Archives as per previous practice must be ordered in advance.

 How long can I stay?

Appointments are for one hour only and are strictly for one person only. This is to maximise access for the public and to comply with Covid 19 Guidelines.

We will ask you when booking what resources you require to make your visit as productive as possible.


The Library possesses four microfilm reader printers. However, as usage of these machines is quite heavy, it is advisable to book the machines in advance of any consultation to avoid any disappointment. This can be done by ringing the library at 056-7794160, emailing at or calling in person.

All readers can copy from microfilms, the cost for an A4 copy is 25c, the larger reader can also copy A3 size, the cost is 30c.