Keep Well Campaign - SWITCHING OFF

Switching off and being creative – The Local Authorities and libraries in partnership with Creative Ireland, and working with partners at national and local level, will provide a range of initiatives to support individual and community creativity in the arts, crafting, culture and heritage.

Communication is More Important than Travel – Article Published

We are delighted to feature a newly published article by Bláithín Hurley, MA, PhD., PG Cert , Senior Library Assistant in Central Library, Waterford.
The article, which investigates how Waterford Libraries embraced and learned from the changes imposed on it through the Covid-19 restrictions, entitled ‘Communication is More Important Than Travel’ features in the March 2021 edition of An Leabharlann: The Irish Library.

An Leabharlann: The Irish Library publishes articles on libraries, librarianship and related topics of interest to the library and information community on the island of Ireland and is published twice yearly (March & October) by The Library Association of Ireland and The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (Ireland).

Exploring Waterford’s Magdalene Heritage

Join us for a fascinating talk presented in partnership with Waterford Memories Project by Dr Jennifer O’Mahoney and Dr Kate McCarthy entitled Exploring Waterford’s Magdalene Heritage.
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This talk explores a unique educational resource pack which uses the former Magdalene Laundry in Waterford as a case study for students and the public to explore their local culture and heritage through a set of research-informed, multi-media resources. The aim of this pack is to encourage educators to introduce students to some of the critical information and debates about the Magdalene Laundries, and to encourage members of the public to engage with their local history.


It was National Reading Day on Thursday 25th February and as well as all the great reading recommendations and videos on Waterford Libraries’ website, you can click on to learn all about it.

Read newpapers, magazines, books or anything to help you Switch Off. Over half a million minutes of reading pledged so far. Why not pledge to read today?

This is the link to our Ireland Reads Campaign page on the website:

Waterford Library Service has a great many interesting resources and events to keep us switched off and creative.

Covid Care Concerts: December Series

Mobile Music Machine delivers socially distanced live classical music to residential care homes and health settings throughout Waterford. The link below shows excellent quality singers and musicians performing a medley of cheering Christmas tunes as well as favourite classics. Residents are welcome to sing along, to make requests and join in the fun.

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Creative Writing Group

Encourage your creativity and restart your love of creative writing with our new peer-led creative writing group.

This peer led group will meet regularly via Zoom to flex their writing muscles. Using prompts and exercises, we will work in a supportive atmosphere to improve our writing skills in many areas of Creative Writing. Topics we may look at could include character development, point of view, writing poetry, short stories, dialogue and narrative structure. You can also have the golden opportunity to workshop a piece of writing; getting constructive and detailed feedback from group members on the nitty gritty of your writing.

Although the group will be peer-led, we may also invite occasional guest drop-in tutors to add extra impetus and direction. Please express your interest by emailing See more at