Extended opening hours for Ballymahon library

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Ballymahon Community Library

Ballymahon Community Library

Ballymahon library is set to be open from 8am to 10pm, seven days a week, thanks to new strategy launched last June, according to the Department of Rural and Community Development.

This strategy outlined plans to extend the opening hours for 100 libraries around the country and implement self service facilities to allow the public to take out and return books with more ease. The aim of this new strategy is to increase library use and grow active membership from the current level of 16% to 30% of the country.

Ballymahon library is just one of seven libraries around the country set to join the ten libraries already taking part in the ‘My Open Library’ service by the end of April. The service will enable members to have additional access to the library and its amenities.

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It will also give local people the opportunity to become members of the Ballymahon library and have access to the full range of the library's facilities, at a time that suits them best.

“The staffed hours, combined with the extended ‘My Open Library’ hours, allow library members to access the full range of library facilities on a self-service basis at times that suit them best, particularly those who may not be able to access their library during regular staffed times,” according to the Department.

The five-year strategy plans to extend this service to 100 libraries around Ireland.