New Ross Library has been awarded €105,000 as funding of €1.8m has been allocated to libraries to support the rollout of additional services including the My Open Library scheme that allows access to public libraries on a self-service basis from 8 am to 10 pm, 365 days a year.
Speaking with WexfordToday.com this morning, Minister Michael D’Arcy said: “My colleague the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring, has announced a total of €1.8m in funding for libraries across the country with 17 new “Open Libraries” being funded. New Ross Library is to get €105,000. Gorey already operates the Open Library service.”
The service offers extended opening hours to library members including:
Opening hours of 8am – 10pm, 365 days per year. Automated access to the branch for library members via membership card and pin code during unstaffed hours. Provision of self-service activities including, but not limited to issue and return of books and other library stock, internet access on PCs, use of wi-fi, printing and photocopying, study/reading spaces, and meeting facilities.
Minister D’Arcy said: “This is an exciting investment for New Ross, and will greatly enhance our library services here, something which is a crucial part of our local community and deserving of continued support.
“Included in this funding package is funding for innovative technology including 22 ‘Magic Tables’ which have been piloted across the country over the last year and have been a great success. These tables are being used by carers and people with dementia, autism and learning difficulties and will be an invaluable addition to New Ross Library.”