View from inside Leitrim County Library, Ballinamore
Leitrim libraries have been granted €39,000 for ICT, digital services and facilities by the Department of Rural and Community Development.
Leitrim got the lowest amount of funding across the country, Cavan received €122,960, Donegal €209,481, Longford €87,724, Roscommon €173,100 and Sligo €80,471.
The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring, has approved almost €8m for ICT and digital services nationwide.
Announcing the funding, Minister Ring said, “This investment will enhance ICT infrastructure, create new meeting spaces with state of the art technology and provide dedicated digital learning suites.
“The new facilities and services will attract new users of all ages to our public libraries.”
This is made up of some €6m from Minister Ring's department, and a further €2m from local authorities.
The funding includes the provision of iPads, tablets and smart devices for users and for staff, computers and workstations with image deployment technology, and podcasting equipment and workstations.
Some libraries will get software to support design, gaming and coding, podcasting equipment and workstations, mobile LCD screens with audio, interactive whiteboards and digital training suites.
'Dementia Tables', which facilitate people with mild to severe dementia as well as those with intellectual disabilities, will also be introduced.
The funding is part of the new public library strategy 'Our Public Libraries 2022', announced in May this year.
The strategy wants to establish the library as a community hub - but also an important enabler of digital services and facilitator of digital skills development.
The County Leitrim Library is located in Ballinamore , there are nine branches throughout the county. Leitrim libraries already host free wifi and an extensive list of online services.