‘My Open Library’ service launched at Gorey Library

At the launch of 'My Open Library' in Gorey Library were (back row); Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy, Tom Enright, Chairman National Libraries Committee and CEO, Wexford County Council; Cllr Malcolm Byrne, Cathaoirleach Gorey-Kilmuckridge Municipal District Council (who performed the launch), John Carley, Director of Services, Amanda Byrne, Gorey-Kilmuckridge District Manager and Cllr Mary Farrell. (front row), Elaine Hoysted (staff), Fiona Wadding (staff), Eileen Morrissey, County Librarian, Dearbhla Ní Laighin, Executive Librarian, Gorey, and Esther Ebbs (staff). Pic; WexfordToday.com

Gorey Library broke new ground within the Wexford Public Libraries Service with the launch of the ‘My Open Library’ project which means that members now have the option to use their local library at times that suit them best.

Cllr. Malcolm Byrne, Cathaoirleach of Gorey-Kilmuckridge Municipal District Council performed the official launch during an Open Day at the library this afternoon and said that the new arrangement will benefit the members greatly and will offer a new range of services which he hoped more people would make use of in the future. He also complimented Gorey Library on its modern high quality service and he had praise for the staff.

Tom Enright, who is CEO of Wexford County Council, is also Chairman of the National Libraries Committee, and in the latter capacity he praised Gorey Library on expanding its services to the public and he said it is the aim of the public libraries service to double the numbers currently using its services within the next few years.

Eileen Morrissey, County Librarian, told the attendance that Gorey had been chosen as part of the pilot scheme launched in March 2018 and outlined how surveys had been carried out in an effort to improve the needs of members. It is hoped to roll-out the service to other libraries in Co. Wexford and nationwide,

Executive Librarian at Gorey, Dearbhla Ní Laighin said the My Open Library service offers extended opening hours by providing library access to members from 8 am to 10 pm every day. “Staffed hours continue on the normal schedule and members of the public joining the scheme can gain all the information required by contacting any staff member,” she added.

The attendance at today’s launch included Minister Michael D’Arcy, T.D, Cllrs Barbara-Anne Murphy and Mary Farrell, and John Carley, Director of Services, Gorey-Kilmuckridge Municipal District Council. Entertainment was provided by Kilmuckridge Cool Hand Ukes and Graham Tugwell involved children in an interactive storytelling event of magic and adventure. For more information contact Gorey Library on 053 9421481 or email; myopenlibrarygorey@wexfordcoco.ie

EILEEN MORRISSEY, County Librarian, telling DAN WALSH about the opening of the ‘My Open Library’ service at Gorey and urging people to join their local library.

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