Minister Humphreys announces over €3 million in funding for 46 library facilities
· Announcement made as World Library Congress takes place in Dublin
· Investment to deliver longer open hours in 17 library branches across the country
Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, has today (Tuesday, July 26th) announced an investment of over €3.1 million in 46 library branches across the country. Some €2.2 million in funding will be provided to roll-out the ‘My Open Library’ initiative in a further 17 branches – which will allow people to access their local library outside of normal opening hours. Among the library facilities to benefit include Tullow in Carlow, Clifden in Galway, Newcastle West in Limerick, Blanchardstown and Malahide in Dublin, Tramore in Waterford and Cashel in Tipperary. And a further €900,000 will be invested in enhancing the equipment in a further 29 branches that already have the ‘My Open Library’ service in place.
Minister Humphreys made the announcement as the World Library Congress opens in Dublin. The event is hosting approximately 1700 delegates from 100 countries.Announcing the €3.1 million investment, Minister Humphreys said:
“I’m really pleased to support 46 library branches right across the country with an investment of €3.1 million.
“This funding will see the roll-out of the ‘My Open Library’ initiative in a further 17 branches – ensuring thousands more members can access their local library outside of normal opening hours.
“This initiative allows people to avail of self-service library services between the hours of 8am and 10pm, seven days per week.
“And I’m also pleased today to announce funding to further improve facilities in 29 branches that have already embraced the ‘My Open Library’ initiative.”
Minister Humphreys continued:
“I’m delighted to make this announcement as the World Library Congress opens in Dublin, and runs over three days.
“Supporting our libraries is a key priority of mine as Minister for Rural and Community Development.
“They provide such essential services to people, both young and old, and this funding will give so many more people greater access to their local branch.
“It reflects the fact too that some people like to visit their library early in the morning or late in the evening due to work commitments.
“I’m delighted that we are in a position to roll the initiative out in these additional branches.”
The Minister concluded:
“’My Open Library’ is the flagship initiative under the current Public Libraries Strategy ‘Our Public Libraries 2022 – Inspiring, Connecting and Empowering Communities’. It will also form an important part of the successor to the current public library strategy which my Department is currently working on. I would like to thank all those that took the time to respond to the recent public consultation on the development of the new strategy. I look forward to considering these responses and to the opening of further ‘My Open Library’ facilities into the future.”
A list of libraries that will receive funding is available here