Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown libraries see €215,000 ICT investment

by Gary Ibbotson
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The funding for Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown libraries over the past year has recently been revealed.

In July 2018, over €8m in funding was approved to invest in technology for libraries around the country by Minister for Community and Rural Development, Michael Ring.

Since then, over €215,000 has been spent on ICT upgrades for eight public libraries in the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown area.

A total of 30 iPads and tablets, 21 laptops, 10 tablet stands for podcasting, six all-in-one PCs, five Apple Macs and four self-service kiosks were purchased for the community libraries.

“It’s wonderful to see that the investment in our libraries that was approved last summer is bearing fruit for local library users in Dundrum and Stillorgan in particular,” said Fine Gael TD and Minister for Heritage, Culture and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan.

“The new technology and facilities will enhance public libraries in the local area and the new innovative services they provide.”

The release of the funding figures comes just as Dundrum library had to close for a day following a flood in the building.

“Due to health and safety reasons Dundrum Library will be closed until further notice, we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause,” dlrcc’s official Twitter page wrote on Monday, 13 May.

In a statement, the county council said that Dundrum library was closed due to “minor flooding” and was reopened roughly 24 hours after the initial closure.

Staff at the eight libraries were contacted for a comment on the investment, however no response was given due to council policy.

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