The Library Service of the City and County of Kilkenny falls under the remit of the Directorate of Water, Environment, Library and Cultural services of Kilkenny County Council. It operates through a branch network in the City and in Loughboy, and in Callan, Castlecomer, Ferrybank, Thomastown, Graiguenamanagh and Urlingford. Service delivery is also supported by a mobile unit.
In addition, a dedicated Local Studies department is accessible on-line or by members of the public during office hours. The Department is a reference and research service dedicated to preserving and enhancing the collective memory of Kilkenny City and County. In order to fulfil this role, it offers access to the history and heritage of County Kilkenny and collects, catalogues and preserves all types of Kilkenny-related material. Located at John’s Green House, John’s Green, the library holds a wide range of material on the history, geography, antiquities, archaeology, folklore and culture of Kilkenny City and County.
The collection consists of books, journals, newspapers, photographs, audio visual material, manuscripts, maps, and microform. The Kilkenny Local Studies & Archives department aims to make this material freely accessible in its modern and dedicated research facilities. The department is visited by those seeking local history information and those seeking guidance for genealogical research.