Literacy-Friendly County Carlow

Towards a Literacy-Friendly County Carlow is a unique collaborative initiative focussing on raising awareness of unmet literacy needs, and a first step in progressing Carlow as the first ever literacy-friendly county in Ireland.

Download Literacy Resource Pack

Literacy Friendly Executive Summary (click to download)
Literacy Friendly Report (click to download)

Right to Read

Right to Read

The Right to Read programme is one of the main themes of the National Public Library Strategy Our Public Libraries 2022: Inspiring, Connecting and Empowering Communities. It is a national programme that aims to improve literacy levels across the country. This means ensuring help is at hand to identify and work with people who have difficulties with reading, writing, maths and technology.


Carlow County Library Service is delighted to champion the Right to Read programme and has the full support of Carlow County Council. The service will:

  • oversee progress on the Literacy Action Plan in partnership with members of the Right to Read Local Network – a network of local organisations who work to improve literacy levels across the community
  • provide more systematic literacy support locally
  • co-ordinate delivery of the services needed to make the Right to Read Literacy Action Plan work
  • bring together the knowledge and experience of skilled staff in local authority services and local agencies to support literacy development in our community

If you have any questions or suggestions we would love to hear from you. You can contact us:
Trish Nolan, Right to Read Local Co-ordinator
email: [email protected], Phone: 059 917 2446
John Shortall, County Librarian
email: [email protected], Phone: 059 912 9713 or 086 822 2209

Find out more here:

Healthy Ireland at the Library

Healthy Ireland at your Library is a nationwide initiative which seeks to encourage people to make positive choices to improve their physical and mental health, while also providing support and information to help people make more healthy choices.

Carlow Library Service is involved in the initiative and services provided include enhanced health information with all library branches having books, eBooks, audio and eMagazines on various issues such as healthy eating, positive ageing, childhood health and wellbeing.

Healthy Ireland At Your Library is being financed by the Department of Health through the Local Government Management Agency as part of their Healthy Ireland Framework for improved Health and Wellbeing 2013 – 2025.