Figures show demand for full-time and fully-equipped library in Palmerstown

David Gardiner Palmerstown Fonthill

An increase in the use of Palmerstown Library Digital Hub shows that there is an appetite for a full-time and fully-equipped library service in the area, according to David Gardiner, Workers’ Party representative for Palmerstown-Fonthill.

Gardiner said “A pilot scheme of extended opening hours this year led to a doubling of weekly visits and a 43% increase in readership, according to the council. This shows a clear desire from people in Palmerstown for an expanded library service. “While provision for an additional 13.5 staffed hours has been made by the council, the Workers’ Party believes this should go further.  A larger space operated on a full-time basis would greatly expand on the brilliant work being carried out by staff in the library at the moment.”

“Being more flexible time-wise would give a greater number of people a greater opportunity to access their library service. Additionally, a larger space would mean different things could be happening in the library at the same time. People could read and study in one room while a lecture or other event took place in another.” “It would be an ambitious project, but similar has rightfully been provided in other areas in recent years. The council should be ambitious in serving citizens, and that includes the people of Palmerstown.”

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