“My Open Library” (MOL) is now available in both Arklow and Wicklow libraries. This enables the public to use both libraries from 8am-10pm all year round.
The initiative ran successfully in Arklow library for almost a year, until the onset of Covid-19, but is now back, while the new Wicklow library is experiencing MOL for the first time.
This service allows the public to have all the usual benefits of the library outside of normal staffed hours, including borrowing items, studying, using public PCs and printers, holding meetings in the community room, enjoying an art exhibition or just relaxing and reading books, magazines or newspapers.
Wicklow County Council Chief Executive, Brian Gleeson, said: “It is great for the public to have the benefits of the service for an additional 50 hours per week. Wicklow County Council is to the fore in having this service.”
Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council, Cllr Shay Cullen, also welcomed the reintroduction of the service saying: “The service was very popular in Arklow previously and I’m sure it will be successful in both locations. It will be particularly welcomed by students as they prepare for their upcoming exams, but I’m sure it will also be a great benefit to families and the general public as well”.
To avail of the service, members of the public need to be aged 16+ and ask at the library for a separate MOL access card. Users will also be given a tour of the library, to ensure they are aware of Health & Safety issues. There is a security guard present in both buildings when library staff are not there to ensure people’s safety.