The first Killarney Branch of the County Library Service was established in 1948. The Library with a bookstock of 310 volumes, was housed in St. Mary's Parish Hall. In 1959, the Library moved to rented premises in the Town Hall, from where it operated until the opening of the new branch. Killarney Library new branch, built at a cost of £250,000 with a floor area of 626m2, opened to the public in August 1980.
The Adult Lending section has an extensive collection of Fiction and Non-fiction books, a Reference area, an Audio Visual Collection, Learning Support material, Language Tapes and Large Print books available.
Extensive collection of Juvenile, Fiction, Non-fiction, Reference and Learning Support material.
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SECTION
Killarney Library has 8 Public Access Computers including:
8 Internet P.C.'s - Adult Lending, 1 Online Public Access Catalogue - Adult Lending, 1 Public Access P.C. (with Word, Paint, CD’s available on it) in Juvenile Library.
There are also administration P.C.'s in the Library which are used to operate the Horizon Library Management System for the general services of the library.
AUDIO VISUAL COLLECTION
Audio Visual Collection includes over 854 items
comprising of CD-ROMS, Audio Tapes, Videos, Microfilm, Microfiche.
LOCAL STUDIES/IRISH SECTION
The Local Studies/Irish Section in Killarney Library has a large collection of monographs, journals, pamphlets, leaflets, Ephemera etc on the local area. This section has had a substantial up-grading recently with the acquisition of the following sources:-
1901 Census, Dr. Albert Casey’s O’Kiev Cois Maing(Volumes relevant to local area), The Kerryman Newspaper on microfilm, Provision of state of the art microfilm reader/printer, Reader (microfilm).
This section also contains a large number of sources relevant to genealogical research including:
1901 Census, Dr. Albert Casey's O'Kiev Cois Maing, Tithe Applotment Books, Griffiths Land Valuation Books, Kings History of Kerry.
The Local Studies Section also contains a range of map relating to Killarney and the Killarney area.
CULTURAL CENTRE/EXTENSION ACTIVITY UNIT
The area of this section is 99m2, and many of the library's extension activities take place in this unit.
It is equipped with television, videos, film screen and overhead projector.
Killarney library is an active community based resource within the town and co-operates with national and local organisations such as the National Library, Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society, local Education Services and cultural groups to provide an Outreach Programme to the Community.
Local groups, organisations and individuals are invited to participate in the arrangement of exhibitions, lectures, workshops etc, which are of cultural and educational interest.
In summary, Killarney Library is now building on the many links established within the Community over the years,
and is consolidating its position as a provider of information, recreational facilities, cultural services and
educational opportunity within the Killarney area.
Hours of Opening. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday,10.00-5.00pm.
Tuesday and Thursday, 10.00-8.00pm.
Address: Killarney Library, Rock Road, Killarney, Co. Kerry.
Tel: 064 66 32655 - Fax: 064 66 36065 - Web: www.kerrycolib.ie