Guide to our Collection

Cavan Studies

We collect all published material relating to Cavan by local authors and all published material on Cavan in all formats and on all subjects including agriculture, archaeology, architecture, the arts, biographies, local sport & religion to name but a few!

Want to explore Cavan's Local History? Your best starting point is our Catalogue! Check out Cavan Subject Headings - you will be amazed at the range of subjects covered.
Search our Catalogue

Digitised Material

Library staff have been busy selecting for digitisation local publications and materials of unique value and making them accessible online. Our aim is to create a “Virtual” local studies experience. This project is under development; however, see History Online for our current digitised content.



We hold all local newspapers. On microfilm we have the timeless issues of the Anglo Celt from its very first issue in 1846. Click on  Newspaper Holdings word (99.6kb) or Newspaper Holding pdf (33.0kb) to view our collection. See also History Online to discover and access national and local newspaper archives.



Over the years, an extensive microfilm collection has been built up in Johnston Central Library. Sources include the Anglo-Celt, Census 1821, 1841, 1901 & 1911, O’Donovan Name books 1833/34 and Books of Survey and Distribution. Click on Microfilm Holdings word or Microfilm Holding pdf  to view our collection.



The library hold a comprehensive Journal Collection including the Breifne Antiquarian Society Journal & the Heart of Breifne. Search our Catalogue.
See also History Online to discover and access international journals.



Our map collection includes:
• 1654-1659 Down Survey Parish (Microfilm)
• 1835/1836 Ordnance Survey 6” (Hardcopy)
• Griffith Valuation (Hardcopy)
• Farnham Estate Maps (Hardcopy)
• Ballinamore/Ballconnell Drainage and navigation Maps (Hardcopy)
• Cavan Leitrim Railway Maps (Hardcopy)
See also History Online to explore web versions of Ordnance Survey and Griffith Valuation maps


Dr MacKiernan, Bishop of Kilmore

Dr Francis J. MacKiernan, Bishop of Kilmore from 1972 until 1998 donated his entire book collection to Cavan County Council’s Library Service for the benefit of the community he loved. His library consists of 1,179 items:
• 49 journals
• 434 Religious books
• 520 Irish and General history books
• 176 Local Studies items.
Dr MacKiernan’s Collection is now catalogued and housed in Cavan Library Headquarters. Click on the Dr MacKiernan collection pdf (304kb) to view our index.