Frequently Asked Questions
Who can join the Library?
Anybody living, studying or working in the county may join the Library.
How much does it cost?
It is free for all to join the Library.
How many items can I borrow and how long can I keep them for?
Adults and children can borrow up to 4 items at a time. Items are books, audio books, CDs, DVDs, videos and language packs. All items can be borrowed for two weeks.
How do I avoid paying fines?
Fines can be avoided first and foremost by returning your books on time. If you would like to keep your books out for a longer period of time you can renew them. You may renew items over the Web by accessing your library record. Pin numbers are needed to access this facility. Renewals may also be done in person at any of the branch libraries or by phone. Have the barcode numbers on your library card and the materials you want to renew ready. Fines are charged at 30c per book per week.
How do I get a PIN number?
Ask at any branch library and we will arrange a PIN Number for you. With a PIN number you can access your personal library account. It will give you the freedom to see what items you have out, to renew online and also to reserve a book online.
How can I find out if the library owns a particular book and where it is located?
Whether you need to find a specific book title, books by a particular author, or subject-related books, you’ll find it in the online catalogue. The catalogue can be accessed in the library, at designated terminals, or through the library homepage at www.meath.ie/library. If you are unsure as to how to operate this facility feel free to ask a member of staff who will be more than happy to help you with our enquiries.
How much does it cost to use the Internet?
Computer and Internet facilities are available to all free of charge. There is a fee of 20c per page printed. For users less than 16 years of age an Internet permission form must be signed by the parent or guardian. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian when using the Internet.
What else do I need to know?
Mobile phones must be switched off in the library because they cause a distraction to other users. If you cannot avoid receiving an incoming call, please leave the library before commencing your conversation. Also, food and drink are not allowed.
What other services do you offer?
- Daily and local newspapers e.g. Irish Independent, The Meath Chronicle, Weekender
- Multi-Cultural Resources e.g Books ,Music and Magazines in foreign languages Language Learning Resources
- Wide selection of magazines e.g. House and Home, National Geographic
- Photocopying facilities – 20c per A4 page
- Local studies material covering the history and heritage of the county. Microfilm reader and printer: Research our collection of microfilms at your leisure in the Local Studies Department at County H.Q in Navan.
- Visually impaired software is available on a designated computer in our main branches. Suitable for those who are visually impaired or who have a reading impairment.
- Children’s Events. Keep an eye on the newspapers for upcoming children’s events e.g. Story time, craft sessions, competitions