Sunday, January 10, 2016

Multi county library sharing paused

An agreement between the County Library systems of Dublin, Kildare and Wexford by which books could be transferred between the three has temporarily ceased, writes Brian Byrne.

The service allowed members in any of the three areas to reserve books from another area, which would be delivered to their local Library. It was particularly useful in making available a larger range of new books more quickly.

But the scheme is now stopped 'for logistical and industrial relations' reasons, according to the Libraries Ireland organisation which managed it.

However, Library Service members in Kildare can still order books from other libraries in the county.

Libraries Ireland Encore says it hopes to reverse the decision as soon as possible.

Meantime, all Library members in Kilcullen are encouraged to use the online catalogue of Libraries Ireland, accessible by means of their membership number. They can then reserve a book with a simple click.

Doing this means that books on the local Library shelf, or delivered from another branch, can be ready for collection from Julie when the members come in. They can also use the system to renew books they have out but are not yet finished with.

NOTE: Just a reminder that Kilcullen Library will be closed during this coming week, as Julie is on annual leave.