Libraries in Wicklow to receive significant boost

€245, 683 in funding has been secured for digital library services and facilities in Wicklow.

Fine Gael TD Andrew Doyle made the announcement today that the investment will positively affect ICT infrastructure, create new and modern meeting spaces complete with state-of-the-art technology, and provide dedicated learning suites.

Minister Doyle said “The funding includes the provision of smart devices for users and for staff to assist users; computers and workstations including image deployment technology; “Dementia Tables” which facilitate play and learning for people with mild to severe dementia as well as those with intellectual disabilities, learning difficulties and autism.”

“All of this shows how progressive our libraries have become. We are to the forefront with new technologies and services for our local communities here in Wicklow,” Minister Doyle said.

The almost €8 million national investment is comprised of around €6 million from Fine Gael.

A further €2 million will be contributions from local authorities.

Rural Affairs Minister, Michael Ring, said “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.”

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