FUNDING of €1 million has been announced for refurbishment works at Tullamore Library.
The works are part of the €5.8 million new Capital Programme for libraries announced this month.
Works are due to commence at the beginning of September and the relocation of staff has already commenced. Some administration staff have moved to a temporary office on Cormac Street.
Meanwhile for the duration of the works a temporary library will be operational in the former Woodchester building in O’Connor Square for people to check out books.
The proposed library will provide a free flowing layout and will have Increased public space from 388m2 to 733m2. The space will be multi functional with a dedicated ICT training area, multi purpose meeting rooms and teenage/local history/children’s/study areas. The library will have exhibition space and access to internet and wifi.
The public library will be closed for one week from August 23 to 27. The library will reopen on August 30 in temporary premises at Woodchester House on O’Connor Square.
Laois/Offaly Fine Gael TD, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy has warmly welcomed the news.
The funding is to be made available under the Library Capital Programme 2011, and Deputy Corcoran Kennedy said it would provide “ a much-needed and welcome resource” for the people of Tullamore and surrounding areas.
“The local library is an invaluable resource for young and old alike, and I am aware that the people of Tullamore have been looking forward to an upgrade of their library facilities for a long time, so I am delighted that they are now going to get their long-awaited upgrade, and I hope that they will continue to use the wonderful facilities at their local library in the future” said the Laois/Offaly Deputy.
The refurbishment and extension project at the Library is designed to increase accessibility and space for e-learning and ICT as well as improving and expanding the available space for the reading public.
“As a lover of books I am well aware of the importance of the local library which is one of the reasons I am so delighted that this long-awaited refurbishment project can now get underway,” said Deputy Corcoran Kennedy, who praised the efforts of her Government colleague, Environment Minister, Phil Hogan, for ensuring that funding was made available for such a vital community facility in Tullamore.