Kildare public library - not just about books

Brendan Weld, Mayor of Kildare, Michael Malone, County Manager with Kildare County Librarian and Marian Higgins at the new library in School St, Kilcock.
Kildare County Council’s library service is about much more than books and its image is changing, councillors have been told.

Kildare County Council’s library service is about much more than books and its image is changing, councillors have been told.

Addressing elected members at their 25 November meeting, Acting County Librarian, Marian Higgins, said that key procedures were now out of date.

Speakintg about a Strategy for Public Libraries 2013-2017, Ms. Higgins said the county had fifteen branches and 70% of the population were were members. They plan to increase fines to pay for free membership for all citizens.

With the library increasingly operating via the internet, there were over 700,000 visits in 2001, suggesting to the service that people were linking in for much more than books.The service gets a thousand hits a week on its e-services.

Ms. Higgins said that with post offices and other services closing the library has become crucial to community development in those areas.

Some Saturday services in Athy have been outsourced to Bradbury’s cafe.

Ms. Higgins said Kildare was one of the first libraries to have an “app” which was “very heavily used.”