Parents are being encouraged to give the gift of reading to their children and to get a library card this Christmas.

That’s according to the Westport Librarian Keith Martin.

He says library membership gives the reader access to over 15,000,000 items though a national network of over 300 library branches and that’s not including the thousands of titles available as eBooks or audiobooks that can be downloaded and read on your digital devices.

Membership is free with proof of identity and address, and fines and late fees have been abolished.

In addition to books there are free online courses, language courses and digital newspapers and magazines, and you can download these using the free Wi-Fi that’s also included in your membership.

Babies love books too and that’s why membership is free to anyone of any age and there’s a wide selection of books for babies and toddlers to play and interact with.  

Babies also love story time and there’s a range of chairs and bean bags for smaller readers. 

The library also stocks books for improving and developing learning skills, and books to assist with phonics and dyslexia as well as a large range of books on health and developmental issues for both children and adults.

So why not call into Westport Library and pick up the gift of reading with a new library card and a bookmark for their stocking, or even for yourself?

For more information call Westport Library on 098 25747 or visit



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