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Carlow County Library Local Studies and Archives Department opens from Monday to Wednesdays (9:45-1 & 2-5PM). There will be no service outside of these hours. Carlow Central Library will maintain only one late opening on Tuesday nights until further notice. Our apologies for the invonvenience caused.

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Local History

Stephen Nolan Collection
Contact Local Studies by telephone on 059 9129705 or by e-mail to library@carlowcoco.ie

The Local Studies Collection is located on the first floor of Carlow Central Library. It is open to all from Monday to Wednesday, 9:45am - 1:00pm and after luch from 2:00pm - 5:30pm. It does not open on Saturdays or Bank Holiday Mondays. Prior appointment is not required except for use of the Microfilm readers. Books either by local authors or with County Carlow content are available for reference here.

Carlow County Library Archives

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The Archive Department is not open to the public but all materials can be consulted in the Local Studies area. Prior appointment is necessary for accessing these materials.The Archives Page lists archival material available for research. These include the Carlow County Library Photographic Archive, The Burton collection, Maps and Minute Books, Archives of Carlow Grand Jury and a catalogie of small private collections.

Carlow County Library Newspaper Archive

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The Department holds an extensive newspaper collection on microfilm and/or in hard copy. These include the Nationalist and Leinster Times, Carlow Sentinal, Carlow People, Carlow Morning Post, Finns Leinster Journal, Irish Times and more. To book an appointment on a microfilm machine phone 059 9129712.

Periodical Collection:

The Local Studies Department also has a wide range of Irish and Local Periodicals which are all available for reference. Titles include:

Locally published titles include Carloviana; a number of annual journals from villages around County Carlow as well as back editions of non-current titles like Carlow Past and Present.

Map Collection:

Maps also form an important part of the Local Studies Collection. Holdings include:

Other Collections:

Other Resources:

Guide to Carlow Local Studies - People & Place

History of County Carlow

Introduction to Local Studies

Research Advice for Special Topic Students

Carlow Town Map

History of Carlow County Fire Service

The Hidden Bridges of the Mountain River and its Tributaries

The Hidden Bridges of the Montain River and its Tributaries by Francis Coady is a survey, both architectural and photographic record of the Mountain River and its tributaries, the Killedmond, Aughnabrisky, Corries and Dinn Rivers.

The Hidden Bridges of the Mountain River and its Tributaries

Online Resources:

The Ask about Ireland website is full of interesting information from many different public libraries, museums and archives throughout Ireland including Carlow. Many different areas of Irish history and culture have been examined in detail with a strong emphasis on the local history for each area. Carlow County Library has so far been involved in nine main areas: Architecture, Poor Law Union, Transport, Sport, Carlow Artists, Carlow Writers, Folklore and Carlow in 1798.

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Ask About Ireland Guide

Class & Group Visits

Reservations will now be taken from teachers and lecturers for class/group visits to the Local Studies Department of Carlow Central Library. Students will be shown the wide variety of Local Studies sources on offer and will be given general guidance in their use. Students preparing for their Leaving Cert Special Topic will find this especially useful as will history students in third level colleges at undergraduate or postgraduate level. Groups of Adult Learners are also very welcome. All of these introductory programmes are free of charge. Reservations to 059 9129705; by email to library@carlowcoco.ie or by calling to the main issue desk in Carlow Central Library.