New Wicklow Town Library celebrates first year in operation

Nearly 90,000 visits have been made to the new Wicklow Town Library in its first year of operation.

One year after opening its doors, patrons and staff gathered for first birthday celebrations on Wednesday last (August 31st).

Patrons were treated to refreshments while the Wicklow Ukulele Players provided the entertainment, playing a host of well-known songs. Blue sky and sea views added the perfect backdrop to a wonderful morning in Wicklow Town.

Almost 90,000 visits to the library have taken place since opening last year.

Wicklow County Council Chief Executive, Brian Gleeson, said: “We’re excited about what the future holds in Wicklow Town Library; from welcoming new patrons and visitors to highlighting and expanding on what the building already offers.”

The Reception area in the new library in Wicklow Town

The 1,234 square metre building is spread out over six floors providing modern library facilities, including a children’s library and a general reading area, adult borrowing area, study area and public access to technology and teenage library in addition to an exhibition space. There is also a dedicated community room which local groups can use for meetings and other activities.

It is also home to Wicklow County Council Archives and to the County Local Studies library.

Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council, Cllr Tommy Annesley, commented: “The new library is a vital building in the heart of Wicklow Town and has been embraced locally with over 3,000 current members who enjoy free access to books, Wi-Fi and the internet and an environment to explore and learn”.

The library is part of the “My open library” (MOL) initiative which allows users access to the building from 8am until 10pm 365 days a year. This same service is also available in Arklow Library. For more information on MOL, ask library staff at either location.

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