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Carlow County Council Library Service opens ‘Book a Browse’ service

From Monday , 29th June 2020 , members of Carlow County Library and members of the public will have the opportunity to “Book a Browse” in the
over 50,000 book collection in the Carlow Central Library on Tullow Street in Carlow Town.

Visits will last up to 30 minutes where numbers will be limited and family groups of up to 4 people who can browse the shelves and borrow items. Available initially in the Central Library, this initiative will be rolled-out in Tullow and Muinebheag branches over the coming weeks.

“We’re delighted to introduce this further step towards the full reintroduction of library services.”, says John Shortall, County Librarian “and we know we are presenting a service to the public which has fully considered public safety in line with the National Guidelines for the Carlow Community and our team members who will operate the service”

The service will operate in tandem with the Call & Collect model which has proved very popular and seen more than 200 library members bring books home since June 8th.

Speaking about the reintroduction of services for library , Cathaoirleach of Carlow County Council , Cllr. Tom O’Neill said “I applaud the members of the Library Team under the leadership of our County Librarian John Shortall for their work in the continuation of the delivery of services during these challenging times and for showing great innovation in terms of delivery of services in a new format given the public health restrictions and their requirements to continue to provide a service to the public”. The Cathaoirleach continued to say “Given its location in Carlow Town, the Central Library is a hub of activity in the Town Centre and as a Council we look forward to welcoming back visitors in this controlled operation which is designed to ensure that members of the public feel safe while enjoying the library experience” , the Cathaoirleach concluding by saying “I look forward to seeing the Town Centre reopen in the coming weeks and we as a Council are committed to promoting the many enterprises and experiences in our Town Centre and the safe experience that they are providing their customers and clients”.

To book your appointment for Carlow Library please call 059 912 9701 and have your library card to hand. Please note that only lending services are available, up to 12 items per person can be borrowed and items can be returned at any time through the book drop facility at the side entrance of the library.

If you or a member of your household is in ‘self-isolation’, has Covid-19 or displaying symptoms the Library Service ask that you don’t engage in this service.