Monday, February 24, 2014
I love libraries and can spend hours locked in the wonder of books. Librarians never ask you to either 'move along' or 'buy', as has happened to me on numerous occasions in various book stores - though I have to say never in Shakespeare & Co in Paris - but that's another story. Libraries are a place of un-paralleled ease that exist as much to browse as to take-out, with staff who are both knowledgeable and helpful.
Every now and again we hear that libraries are on the point of extinction.But the latest news is that a new pilot project for 'staffless' libraries is on the cards which has proved successful in Denmark. From May, self-serviced technology is being installed in six libraries at a cost of €120,000. These include Tullamore and Bangor libraries in Co Offaly; Tubbercurry, Sligo; Kenmare in Kerry and Donabate and Deansgrange in Dublin. The libraries will be open seven days a week from 8 am to 10 pm. And the good news is that the librarians will continue to be in the branches during working hours.