Since its newly refurbished makeover in November 2012, the hugely popular new county library in Wexford Town attracts around 1,000 visitors a day. Fionnuala Hanrahan, county librarian, is delighted with the reaction and says “Wexford people are enthusiastic supporters of their library services and we look forward to growing our services even more now, in collaboration with them”. Fionnuala, along with the rest of the library staff are happy to call this new building “Home” at last, having been relocated a number of times over the years. Since it was first established in 1926, the library has moved six times!
The library is organised into three zones. The Ground Floor offers a Meeting area, daily newspapers, a Print Point, express PC’s and popular adult non-fiction materials. Family and leisure use is centered on the middle floor which carries the children’s library, Teens stock, DVD’s, CD’s, graphic novels and adult fiction. The more serious top floor has the e-learning suite, another Print Point, research services and borrowing stock in economics, enterprise, education, languages, literature, history, Wexford studies & geography. Library activities can be organised in a dedicated room on the ground floor and an e-learning suite is provided on the new research and study floor at the top of the building. Wifi-ed throughout, 26 PC’ss and 2 Apple Macs are there for those who don’t have internet access or a lap-top to bring to the library.
Self service is a big feature of the new library. The borrow-and-return facilities are quick and easy to use. Users have taken to them like ducks to water. The Print point is equally successful and users are printing from phones, laptops and home as well as from the library PC’s. They can also book a PC from home or in the library to ensure they will have one reserved to do the research they need on their next visit.
In the past, many visitors used the library regularly without actually joining & this was fine. Now, however, everyone is being encouraged to sign up and get a library card. Membership of the library is Free. “Once we are past this first rush of business, we will be introducing a range of online services”, said Executive librarian Nicola McGrath. “There will be language course, journals and magazines on-line, and a range of adult education courses. Users will need a PIN to access these services and that comes automatically with the library membership card.” To join, all that is required is evidence of address e.g. stamped envelope, fill out a simple for to get a ticket and borrow immediately. Under 18 yrs need a guardian’s signature.
Wexford’s new county library is an exciting cultural place and research space where reliable information and friendly help will always be on hand.
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