Funding boost for libraries

by Rebecca Ryan

A finding boost announced for Dun Laoghaire Rathdown libraries is being celebrated.

The major €8 million investment is for digital services and facilities in public libraries across Ireland, and DLR is set to get almost €270,000 of that funding.

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross welcomed the news. “Changes in technology means we constantly need to upgrade our libraries and I am delighted that the Partnership Government is doing just that.”

Senator Victor Boyhan said he is “delighted” with the funding for DLR libraries: “The funding would support the progressive public library strategy: Inspiring, Connecting and Empowering Communities.

“The strategy seeks to establish the library as a community hub and a facility for digital development and research.”

Members of the public will now be able to record their own podcast in libraries as new podcasting equipment and workstations will be implemented.

The funding will also include the provision of iPads/ tablets/smart devices for users and for staff to assist users, computers and workstations including image deployment technology, software to support design, gaming and coding, Dementia Tables and digital training suites.

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown has been allocated €267,185 of the funding, Dublin City €915,843, Fingal €711,285 and South Dublin County Council €328,902.

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