Saturday 24 February 2018

New chapter as Ross library is refurbished

The newly refurbished children’s section at the library
The newly refurbished children’s section at the library

David Looby

NEW ROSS Library has re-opened after five weeks of renovation works.

Having been closed on May 26, the new improved library at Barrack Lane now features a bigger, brighter children's area, computerised lending and booking services, wi-fi, DVDs and better computer access.

The library opened on Monday last week having been painted and completely refurbished. Also, it now has mobile shelves for community gatherings.

New Ross Librarian, Trish Keenan, said: 'Everyone has been working flat-out and a massive amount has been achieved. Now, the library is fresh and beautiful again. We are excited to see how people respond to the changes we have made for them.'

The library has new furniture and there is a bright colour scheme.

Ms Keenan said: 'There's lots of new stock to borrow, including DVDs for the first time in New Ross library. The children's area is bigger and easier to use. Comfortable seating helps families use the library well for leisure and learning as well as quiet chats.'

Public access computers have been increased from six to ten and there are more study spaces.

'New Ross people have always supported library events well. In the past making space for numbers had been a challenge. Now, blocks of shelves are on wheels so staff will shift the library around for big community gatherings. An ambitious programme of activities for the coming months is in place.'

Ms Keenan said the renovation created the opportunity to bring New Ross library up-to-date.

'Self service takes the library staff out from behind reception desks onto the library floor to help readers, initially with the new way of using the library as well as to help with their information enquiries. Our users will take to self-service like ducks to water; it's very easy and we are beside them all the way until they are confident with the various choices they can make.'

Membership and all public library services throughout Wexford are free.

New Ross Library is open six days a week and until 8:30 pm on Tuesdays.

New Ross Standard

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