Tipperary Library is working "97%" better than previous library

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Tipperary Library is working "97%" better than previous library

Revamped Tipperary Library at the Excel Theatre

The new library in Tipperary town, situated at The Excel Centre is running at 97% more than the former library, members of Tipperary County Council were informed this week.

County Librarian, Damien Dullaghan, said that the new library has been an outstanding success and he hoped that there would be scope in the future to open the facility on Saturdays.

Mr Dullaghan was answering questions from Cllr Michael Fitzgerald (FG) who said that the library had made a huge impression on the locality. Describing it as a “fantastic facility” Cllr Fitzgerald wondered if the decision of the council on returning the Local Property Tax to 2017 levels would impact on the services provided at the Excel Centre. He did not wish to see any of the facilities downgraded, he said, but he wondered where the funds would now come from.

Mr Dullaghan acknowledged the support of the Municipal District and the County Council. In answering the issue of opening the library on Saturdays, he said that the library service is working on a workforce plan at the moment and would hope to be in a position in the future to improve opening hours across the service.

Meanwhile, in relation to a query from Cllr Siobhan Ambrose on the refurbishment of Clonmel library, the County Librarian said that Tipperary has been very successful in the past in securing grants, including recent IT and bookfund grants. He hoped that they would be able to secure capital grants for the library very soon also as the council has a reputation for getting work done, he said.