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"Opportunities for All' - Public Library Strategy 2013-2017

Posted Date: 16 January 2014

Minister Hogan launches 'Opportunities for All', the new public library strategy
If you could build your ideal public library, what would it be like? A bright, spacious place to work, study, relax or enjoy community events? Free access, longer opening hours, wifi, self-service, ebooks and professional staff to help you with any research you might need? Or maybe you'd prefer to enjoy the digital library from the comfort of your own home? All of the above...or is that too much to ask?

You may think this idyllic service is only available within the bounds of your imagination, but the new public library strategy 2013-2017, “Opportunities for All: the public library as a catalyst for economic, social and cultural development” sets out a progressive plan to makes these dreams a reality.

Published by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, Opportunities for All was launched on 19th December, by Minister Phil Hogan at the Institute of Public Administration, Dublin.

"This strategy is, for the first time, a joint initiative of my Department, the County and City Managers’ Association and the Local Government Management Agency. This very welcome development reflects the strengthening of the partnership between all of the stakeholders whose remit it is to deliver a dynamic and responsive public library service to all Irish citizens and we are committed to continuing to work effectively together to ensure full implementation of this ambitious strategy." stated Minister Hogan.

Split into seven strands of activity, Opportunities for All sets out concrete action plans to revitalise the public library service to meet the needs of the 21st century community. Under the overarching social, economic and cultural policies, the foundations have been laid for the construction of our ideal public library.

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