Public Meeting to discuss ‘Staffless Libraries’ in Laois

Public Meeting to discuss ‘Staffless Libraries’ in Laois

Public Meeting to discuss proposed ‘Staffless Libraries’ scheme in Portarlington Library

There will be a public meeting in at the Community Centre in Portarlington on Friday 28th October at 8pm to inform people about the proposed rollout of staffless libraries in Co. Laois. The possible conversion of Portarlington library is the start of a 5 year proposed plan to convert libraries nationwide. Representatives from the Staff our Libraries campaign will attend and representatives from Laois County Council will also be invited. A similar meeting will be held in the Westwood Hotel , Galway on Monday October 24 at 8pm.

Members of the public have been raising issues including safety and security concerns and that certain groups would be excluded from the service. Laois County Councillors have already voted no to the introduction of staffless libraries in Co. Laois. The councillors spoke highly of the library service in Laois and that if hours were to be extended then they should be staffed.
Questions regarding the annual running costs for staffless libraries have been put to Offaly County Council who ran a pilot scheme as this information has not been made publically available.
The Staff our Libraries Community Group is appealing to the public to attend and “inform themselves on this issues so that they make their views known to the relevant people”.