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Kildare Community Library Officially Launched

Posted Date: 17 May 2010

Mayor of County Kildare, Cllr. Colm Purcell and Kildare County Council Library and Arts Services were delighted to host the launch of the new Kildare Town Community Library facility by Mr. Michael Finneran, TD, Minister for Housing and Local Services, at the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government on Friday 30th April 2010 at 3.00 p.m.

The community of Kildare turned out in force to welcome Minister Finneran and celebrate the completion of their new facility in the Town Centre, Claregate Street.  Minister Finneran noted  "It is said that Kildare owes it's ancient importance mainly to St. Brigid who founded her monastery here in the late 5th Century - a foundation that quickly became a renowned centre of learning.  Were St. Brigid alive today to witness the opening of this wonderful library, here in historic Claregate Street, I sense she would be very happy that the spirit of her quest to educate and enlighten is still very much alive in Kildare Town so many centuries later!"

Ribbon cutting!

The library is placed in an ideally accessible and very central location, and is within walking distance from schools, main residential areas and work places.  The new library facility has introduced a civic, cultural and citizen-focused service with 28.5 hours opening per week, to ensure best provision for all users. With an area of 5,000 square feet, facilities include 8 Public Access PCs, Meeting Rooms, Study and Exhibition Space, a dedicated Teen Zone, Children’s Library, Leisure Reading Areas and a vast Book and Audio-visual collection of 19000 items. Special collections such as Kildare Town Local Studies, Teachers Resources, and Public Art Works, which are on loan from the Arts Council’s central collection, can be viewed during opening hours. A specially commissioned Glass Art Work Light on Literature, has been created by Artist Elke Weston and is on permanent display in the library.

 Kildare Town Purple Chair

1000 new members have already registered in the new Library since opening for business just 2 weeks ago.

Further information: Catherine Rafferty 045-448304 /

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