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Revamped libraries to thrill bookworms

Friday, 17th November, 2017 1:00pm
Revamped libraries to thrill bookworms

Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring, announces major Government investment in the public libraries with Juliette Michel, a first year student in Sandford Park School.

Revamped libraries to thrill bookworms

Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring, announces major Government investment in the public libraries with Juliette Michel, a first year student in Sandford Park School.

BOOK lovers across Dun Laoghaire Rathdown will enjoy a revamped service and an extension of opening hours thanks to “unprecedented” investment announced last week.

Library services are to receive €100,800 in extra funding, the Minister for Rural & Community Development, Michael Ring, revealed.

Fine Gael Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, said the funding represents an unprecedented Government investment in the public library system.

“The funding will allow for the modernisation of our library service and for the extension of library opening hours,” Minister O’Connor said.

“The investment package comprises €75,600 from the Department of Rural and Community Development, supplemented by additional funding of €25,200 from Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council.

“This will be in addition to significant funding already provided by Minister Ring’s department for public libraries here this year.

“A library is much more than a building with books on a shelf, it is a community hub, a centre of knowledge and learning, a treasure trove of literature, information and technology,” Minister O’Connor stated.

“This investment in libraries in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown will greatly enhance the range and quality of services available to users.

“As an avid reader myself, as well as a former school principal, teacher, mother and grandmother, I value the role our libraries have in education, culture, personal development and entertainment as well as providing access to IT facilities and meeting spaces.

“In the days of electronic readers and e-books it is heartening to see that rather than libraries declining, they continue to grow.”

In Dun Laoghaire Rathdown, library membership grew by over 20,000 between 2010 and 2015, which, Minister O’Connor said, was testament to the key role they play in communities.

“This investment will enable the implementation of our new public library strategy which will be launched early next year.” she added.

“It’s an ambitious strategy that is aimed at increasing library membership and usage of our public libraries.

“This programme of funding demonstrates Fine Gael’s continued commitment to the public library service over the coming five-year period of the strategy.”

Local Fine Gael Senator, Neale Richmond, said this an exciting time for the public library service and for library staff. The roll out of self-service technology in our libraries will free up librarians who can use their expertise to assist library users and direct people to the many excellent services offered by the libraries.

“The public library service has recently introduced a single library management system and a national distribution service that provides branch to branch collection and delivery.

“Through this ground-breaking new lending service there is access to 15 million items for all library users in Ireland and nationwide access to all library services.”

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