Local Studies

Johnston Central Library is home to the single most important resource for the study of the history, archaeology, literature and culture of Cavan. Acknowledged as one of the foremost in the country, cutting edge information technology has been utilised to ensure preservation, conservation and better service delivery for this unique collection. 


Our collection has been built up over eighty years and continues to grow. Furthermore, the advances in technology in the last two decades have complimented the volume of resources now available online for historians, scholars and researchers. Whether you are looking for information on your home place, compiling your family history, researching for a publication on the history of an area or researching Cavan’s political, cultural or heritage history, we know that our Local Studies Department will be your most influential research tool.   


Guide to our Collection

History Online




A Place in Cavan 




People & Folklore



Century of Change Recordings

The Bishop MacKiernan Collection



Cavan Library Service is delighted to announce that copies of 'County Cavan and the revolutionary years, 1918-22' are now available through your local library.  Originating in the successful online Centenaries Lecture Series 2020-2021, the essays in the book, edited by Dr Brendan Scott (Historian-In-Residence) provide many snapshots of Cavan during this period of great upheaval and change.  Copies of the book are free charge!