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Mobile Library Back On The Road

by Edited by Jimmy Rhatigan

Kilkenny County Council Library Service resumes its full Mobile Library service from September 7.

The mobile serves a variety of stops from village-based community halts, schools, creches, Early Learning Centres and nursing homes.

it serves over 60 stops across the county.

The new schedule will maintain existing stops where users can select their own items but will also incorporate the popular door to door service for over 65s who may be unable to visit their local library. 

Schools and creches on the routes can access the service on the mobile vehicle or have pre-selected collections dropped off to them.

“Covid-19 restrictions meant we had to adapt our services to our users by developing new ways to serve our readers, and unfortunately the service to rural locations was suspended early last year. 

“In 2020 we developed a new county-wide door-door delivery service for over 65s, as well as dropping off books directly to schools and crèches,” Declan Macauley, Executive Librarian told Kilkenny Press.


 “Next year, 2022, will mark the 50th Anniversary of Kilkenny County Council’s Mobile Library Service, so it is heartening to be going back out on the road to reconnect with our users and offer the browsing experience.

“We are so looking forward to getting back on the road, and meeting up with our users, old and new,” says Caitriona Kenneally, Senior Library Assistant, Mobile Service. 

“We kept in touch with our members throughout the lockdowns, and know that we were greatly missed. Reaction to our return has been heart-warming”

All public health guidelines will be adhered to as part of this service.

Details of schedules and stops will shortly be available on the library web-site, www.kilkennylibrary.ie. New members are always welcome and there are no charges. Queries at 056-7794160 or [email protected].

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