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Tuesday 23 January 2018

Gorey Library to be open without staff

Sara Gahan

Gorey Library will soon become unstaffed after hours due to the allocating of money to allow for an upgrade to their self service system.

Staff will still be present during the normal hours and county librarian Eileen Morrisey said the My Open Library government initiative 'will not affect them.'

Welcoming the recent news of €268,257, North Wexford Deputy Michael D'Arcy said all county libraries will get a full upgrade indicating the future for unstaffed libraries.

Funding for county Wexford Libraries was announced recently by Minster Michael Ring TD and borrowers will soon be able to access Gorey Library after hours, as it is one of 23 libraries around the country to take part in the initiative, which was launched last year, and will see the location remain open, and unstaffed, past their normal opening hours.

Once the system is upgraded, the library will operate their self-service for the extra hours required, which is expected to arrive in early 2018.

Deputy D'Arcy said 'it is not possible to give an exact breakdown at the moment' for each of the five library branches - Wexford, Enniscorthy, Gorey, New Ross and Bunclody.

'The investment package comprises €201,193 from the Department of Rural and Community Development,' he added. 'And supplemented by additional funding of €67,064 from Wexford County Council.'

Meanwhile, the money will also allow for the Right to Read literacy campaign, which is an investment for the libraries bookstock for children and young people to encourage them to read more.

'The Works Matters programme will benefit as well,' added Deputy D'Arcy. 'We hope to promote it this year to make businesses aware of it.'

Speaking about the programme, Eileen said it is for the unemployed, part-time workers, as well as businesses, who might want to do some market research for their company.

Minister Ring added the funding will help 'increase the role of the public library' as a space of support for people.

Gorey Guardian

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