Libraries in Kerry now have over 20,000 members

County Librarian Tommy O’Connor: Comprehensive report

A total of 576,577 items were borrowed from libraries in Kerry during 2022, official figures show.

The number of visits to the facilities in the county amounted to 293,999 and there are currently 21,247 registered members.

Libraries were open for close on 19,000 hours last year.

County Librarian, Tommy O’Connor, delivered a very extensive and informative development plan presentation on the library service to a meeting of Kerry County Council this Monday.

Mr O’Connor outlined a number of priorities including continuing to provide outreach library services, including mobile libraries and digital services, to isolated rural communities who cannot visit branch libraries, including the housebound and those in nursing homes.

It is also planned to expand the level of services to teenagers and young adults and encourage their use of libraries by engaging with the education sector, Comhairle na nÓg and youth organisations.

Cllr Deirdre Ferris praised the effort being made and she said the libraries are currently operating in a very changing and evolving world and she said library management and staff have faced their trials and tribulations of late due some people’s views of a number of books in stock.

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