Minister Humphreys launches public consultation on new Library Strategy

Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, has today launched a public consultation on the development of a new strategy for the public library service.

The main objective of this consultation is to seek the views of the public and understand attitudes towards the library service, and it will also seek feedback on how services can be improved in terms of access, use and visibility of the public library.

The consultation will assist in the development of a new Public Library Strategy which will be published next year. This strategy will underpin ongoing government and local authority investment in the public library service over the next five years.

Speaking about the importance of engaging with this consultation, Minister Humphreys said:

“Our public libraries play a vital role in the community – providing a safe and welcome educational space for people of all ages. They are also a place for us to visit, to relax, to take a breath and to delve into the wonderful world of story-telling. This particular strategy builds on the significant process that have been made under previous strategies and will bring our libraries onto the next stage of their development.”

The consultation will run for the next five weeks with the closing date scheduled for 5pm on 9 July, 2022.

The delivery of the strategy is a key commitment in Our Rural Future, the Government’s ambitious five-year policy to revitalise Rural Ireland.

 


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