Get out there and use those libraries. Here’s some facts you may not have known about libraries in Ireland.
- Local Authorities had an estimated â‚¬124.3 million to spend on library services in 2009.
- Public Library services had an estimated â‚¬13.5 million to spend on stock in 2009, an average of â‚¬3.17 per capita.
- There are over 14 million visits to Irish public libraries annually.
- Public Libraries in Ireland are run by 32 separate library services:
4 services are run by City Councils;
27 are run by County Councils;
and 1 (in Tipperary, where there are 2 County Councils) is a joint libraries committee.
- There are 359 branch libraries in the Country and 29.5 mobile libraries (.5 relates to a shared cross-border service)
- Public library services are also available to hospitals, schools, prisons, day care centres, parish halls and other community service points.
- Mobile libraries serve neighbourhood housing, rural areas and areas of small population.
- You will find up-to-date contact details for your local library on Library.ie
The government aren’t paying nearly â‚¬125,000,000 of your and your parents hard earned taxes to fund these libraries for nothing so get out there and get studying. You might actually find that you’re a lot more productive when you get out of the house and away from distractions like TV and the internet 🙂