Healthy Ireland at Your Library- Galway Public Libraries

Your local library is a community and cultural hub with exciting events and activities throughout the year.  Galway Public Library service has 29 branch libraries and a mobile library which travels throughout the county.  A schools’ library service supports over 230 primary schools in the county and city.


Your library membership enables you to use any of the 330 public libraries nationwide. Library members have access to 12 million items available across all public libraries and you can place reservations in your local branch or by using your online account. Access is also provided to a huge range of online resources, eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, eCourses, eLanguages and eNewspapers.


Public libraries provide the nationwide Healthy Ireland at Your Library programme which acknowledges libraries as a valuable source of community health information.


Funding granted by Healthy Ireland has enhanced health and wellbeing book collections and enables a programme of events in each library authority.


The health and wellbeing book collection has over 100 titles covering the three Healthy Ireland themes – Eat Well, Think Well, Be Well. Each book was recommended by experts to provide individuals and families with reliable, accessible, health information. The collection also includes books for children and young adults.


The collection is available to borrow in every local library and books may be requested via the national online catalogue.


A selection of health and wellbeing eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines is also available to download. You can access these collections via Galway Public Libraries’ website ( or via

Galway Public Libraries’ Healthy Ireland at Your Library programme features online talks and webinars on our YouTube channel and via our social media. Due to Covid-19 public health restrictions, talks cannot be hosted in our libraries at present. Over the last few months, talks/webinars by psychotherapists Stella O’Malley and Professor John Sharry have been shared via Galway Public Libraries’ social media. Joanna Fortune, author of the “15- Minute Parenting” series, shared talks on Positive Parenting and Therapeutic Play. Psychotherapist Trish Murphy, who writes a weekly column for the Irish Times, spoke about the challenges of retirement and the topic of 21st century relationships. Psychologist, Niamh Fitzpatrick, spoke about coping with loss. Niamh’s best-selling book” Tell Me the Truth about Loss” was shorted- listed for “An Post Irish Book Awards”.


Walks in the Burren and Inisheer were the topic of conversation with expert guide, Pius Murray, of “Walks with Pius”


Derval O’Rourke, World Championship sprint hurdles athlete, will share her expertise on “Food for the Fast Lane”. Aoife Hearne, dietician on “Operation Transformation”, will host an interactive webinar on March 10th.


Dr. Malie Coyne, Clinical Psychologist, will host a webinar based on her book “Love in Love Out: a compassionate approach to parenting your anxious child”


Author John Connell will discuss his latest publication “The Running Book”, focusing on the mental health benefits of running.


Check Galway Public Libraries’ twitter page @librariesgalway and facebook pages for further updates

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