The importance of libraries during periods of economic difficulty was underlined today at the launch of a week-long celebration of libraries and librarians.
Library Ireland Week, now in its seventh year, will see libraries across the State hosting hundreds of events to promote literacy and the role of libraries in the community. Appropriately, the country’s most recognisable library, Trinity College Library's Long Room, hosted the launch, where Margaret Hayes, Dublin city librarian, said visitor numbers for all libraries are “going through the roof”.
A lot of that is down to the facilities’ ability to embrace new technology and changing times. Libraries are “healthy and adapting”, according to Georgina Byrne, South County Dublin librarian. “If you’re not adapting you’re not healthy.”