Anybody with a view on public libraries in Fingal has until the end of this month to take part in a consultation process which will help to inform Fingal County Council’s Library Development Plan 2017-2021.
The Library Development Plan will be published later this year and will set out the vision, mission, values, principles, strategic and development objectives of Fingal Libraries for the next five years.
Fingal County Librarian Betty Boardman said the public consultation is an important part of the Development Plan process and appealed to citizens and groups who use the library service, as well as those who don’t, to complete a short questionnaire or make a submission.
“If the Development Plan is going to meet the needs of library users and the citizens of Fingal we need to know what they think about the services we provide and how individuals and organisations like schools and clubs think we can improve our libraries to meet their needs. We are also interested in hearing from people who aren’t library members, as we would like to know why they haven’t joined their local library,” she said.
The questionnaire and submission forms can be obtained online through Fingal County Council’s Consultation Portal, https://consult.fingal.ie/en/surveys ,and further information on the consultation process is available from any Fingal library.
In addition to its 10 branches, Fingal Libraries also has a Local Studies and Archives Department, four mobile libraries and a housebound service. In 2016, there were 1.14m visits to Fingal Libraries and 1.2m items were borrowed.