Ireland’s libraries have been awarded €713,000 in funding to help people who are older or marginalised, or have a disability, to make greater use of their services.
Some €650,000 will be provided from the 2020 Dormant Accounts Action Plan and €63,500 will be provided from Libraries funding, which is administered by the Department of Rural and Community Development.
The funding will be used for programmes aimed at groups elderly, the Traveller Community, those with disabilities and people living in Direct Provision.
Some examples given of the programmes it will support include classes for older people to learn to use WhatsApp or Zoom, musical sessions for young members of the Traveller community, workshops in coding and robotics for children from DEIS schools, and initiatives aimed at members of the Deaf and Blind Community and people with disabilities.
“This funding will have real positive benefits for so many people. I am delighted that this funding has been allocated to libraries across the country,” Minister Heather Humphreys said.
“The last few months have been very difficult and any funding which helps our libraries to reach out and engage with communities is most welcome.”
The funding has been divided into three main categories: