Offaly County Council was presented with the Award for Best Library Service at the 2016 Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards in Dublin on Thursday 24th November. The award was for the My Open Library Service which has now been running for 2 years in Offaly.
The service makes the libraries in Tullamore and Banagher available to the public on a self service basis 7 days a week from 8am -10pm outside of normal opening hours. Over 1800 people are registered to use the service in Offaly which allows library users to borrow and return items, use free Wifi, computers, study space, meeting rooms and printing and photocopying facilities. At existing opening times, library staff continue to offer full services to library users including inter library loans, requests, ICT training, children’s services, local studies and archives, information services, literacy initiatives and events programming.
Offaly Library service aims to reach out to all sections of the community, to be open and accessible to all and to give the best possible service to the public. My Open Library provides a service that is additional to normal staffed hours and provides enhanced access for the community.
Users of My Open Library in Offaly value and appreciate the service. The feedback from users is positive. With an increase in opening hours, this new service is positive for communities and strengthens the library as an open and accessible hub in the community.
Following on from the success of the service, it is planned to make My Open Library available in Edenderry and Ferbane Libraries in the new year.
The 13th annual Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards ceremony was held in association with the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government and showcases and celebrates the best of Local Government in Ireland.