€104,000 allocated for upgrade of Leitrim County Council Libraries

Leitrim Observer Reporter

Reporter:

Leitrim Observer Reporter

Sligo/North Leitrim TD Tony McLoughlin.

Deputy Tony McLoughlin.

€104,000 has been allocated to Leitrim County Council Libraries by the Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring T.D. under a new €3.83m Library Upgrade Scheme.

This funding is being allocated in support of the introduction of the new library strategy, Libraries Ireland 2018-2022.

“The strategy will focus on increasing both the membership and the use of our public libraries in Sligo and Leitrim.  It is envisaged that this will be achieved through improved promotion of the library service, development of the library workforce and continuing development of quality services that will attract an increased number of users and members over the five-year period of the strategy," noted Deputy McLoughlin, who confirmed the allocation this afternoon.

“This funding announced today will support the introduction of self-service machines and other ancillary technologies in ‘non-RFID enabled’ libraries, it will supplement existing resources including book-stock relevant to business people and jobseekers. It will improve ICT facilities and provide spaces for users to seek information, work, meet and collaborate and it will support the purchase of book-stock for children, family reading and literacy development and complement the suite of activities being delivered by library services here," he said.