BOOKWORMS, movies lovers and students can now use their library cards in Louth County Council's branch library as well as the library at Dundalk Insititute of Technolgy thanks to the new '1 Card 6 Libraries' initiative.
This unique agreement between Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) Library and Louth County Libraries allows reciprocal borrowing and access to services to members of either library. This is the first such project in Ireland, marking a commitment on the part of both libraries to develop their collections and further cultural development and literacy in Co. Louth.
The launch coincided with Library Ireland Week, a national event that recognises the role of libraries in society.
To reflect the role of both organisations in this project, the launch took place in both DkIT Library and in Dundalk's branch of Louth County Libraries and was attended by staff and borrowers from both libraries, DkIT staff members and local council representatives, amongst others. The value of the initiative and the role of libraries in general was underscored by all who spoke on the day.
Ann Cleary (Institute Librarian) and Ann Campbell (DkIT Registrar) initiated proceedings in DkIT Library by thanking those that worked on the project and highlighting the importance of books and libraries throughout the ages. Ann Campbell said 'each library has its own distinct features and offers its own distinct services and collections to its users. We each share a great pride in our libraries and look forward to sharing our libraries with all our users'.
Bernadette Fennell (Louth County Librarian), Councillor Jim Lennon (Leas Cathaoirleach Louth County Council) and Joan Martin (County Manager) later continued these thoughts in Dundalk Branch Library, and emphasised the importance of reading and obtaining new knowledge regardless of the genre or subject matter. Both Cllr. Lennon and County Manager Joan Martin spoke of the commitment shown by both library services in creating vibrant community spaces for the people of Louth.
Members of DkIT Library or any branch of the Louth County Libraries aged 18 years or older can avail of this new service by first contacting their local library in person or by phoning 042 9353190 (Dundalk Branch Library) or 042 9370310 (DkIT Library).