Digital investment of over €280,000 for Mayo libraries

Friday, 14th September, 2018 12:13pm

Digital investment of over €280,000 for Mayo libraries

Good news for users of Mayo's library services.

THE Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring, has today approved a major investment package for digital services and facilities in public libraries in Mayo.

The following libraries will receive investments in technology under this initiative.


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This is part of an almost €8 million investment in libraries comprises of approximately €6 million from Minister Ring’s department and a further €2 million contribution from local authorities.


The minister said: “I am delighted to approve this funding, it will transform our public library service in Mayo, with 14 libraries benefitting.

“I launched the new public library strategy, Our Public Libraries 2022– Inspiring, Connecting and Empowering Communities, in May.

"The strategy seeks to establish the library as not only a community hub but also an important enabler of digital services and facilitator of digital skills development. This significant investment is the first step towards realising this aim.”

The funding includes 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

• Meeting space technology

• Podcasting equipment and workstations

• Mobile LCD screens with audio

• Interactive whiteboards

• Digital training suites

Minister Ring added: “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. We are to the forefront with new technologies and services for the communities we serve.”

Minister RIng also thanked the local authorities and the library staff for their ongoing commitment and support to the public library service.

He said: “I have to commend the local authorities for recognising the invaluable service the libraries provide and for their significant contribution to this investment package.”


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