New high-tech library opened in Tipperary town

State of the art Library to be housed in Tipperary Excel Centre.

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New high-tech library opened in Tipperary town

Ribbon cut on new state-of-the-art library at the Tipperary Excel Centre

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Cllr. Phyll Bugler, Cathaoirleach of Tipperary County Council officially opened the new Library for Tipperary town which is located in the Tipperary Excel Centre, on Monday (May 28).

The new Library will be the first in County Tipperary to provide a suite of new technology solutions to the public.

These include the introduction of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) which will replace barcode technology on book stock and allow Library users to check out their own books. In addition, new services such as Wi-Fi printing from a phone or tablet, remote printing from home and access to a new suite of public PCs have been introduced.

Many of these new services will be accessed by a new Self-Service kiosk which utilises cutting-edge touch-screen technology as a point of access for the user.

This kiosk represents the very latest in Library technology and it is the very first one of this new generation of self-service kiosks to be installed in Europe.

The Library Service has also invested heavily in a brand new book stock for the Library with a particular emphasis on Children's stock. There are over 15,000 new books on the Library Shelves.

Cathaoirleach of the Cashel-Tipperary Municipal District, Michael FitzGerald said: “It is a day of pride to see such a significant investment in a Library for Tipperary Town.

“I believe it demonstrates Tipperary County Council's commitment to providing the best possible public services for our citizens."

Cathaoirleach of Tipperary County Council, Dr. Phyll Bugler said: "We are proud of the strong tradition of our Library Service in Tipperary and I am delighted to launch this new Library in the busy and vibrant Excel Centre. I know this new Library will provide an environment of creativity and inspiration.”

The Chief Executive of Tipperary County Council, Joe MacGrath stated: “the Library Service is one of our longest established and best used cultural facilities.

“ This new Library in Tipperary Town embraces the modern concept of what a library should be which is a high quality community space where all are welcome,” added Mr McGrath.