Library fines set to be abolished to encourage more use

Michael Ring.

Library fines are set to be abolished to encourage more people to use the facilities.

Working hours will increase to 8am-10pm 365 days a year and there will be more self-serve machines as part of the new My Open Library initiative.

It will be implemented in 100 out of 330 facilities across the country to begin with and will also mean that people can borrow a book in Cork and return it in Dublin.

Minister for Rural Development Michael Ring thinks people will still return books even if there is no fine.

He said: "Libraries are owned by the people and they are community libraries and we have done a number of trials and we found them very successful.

"In some of the libraries, we found 150/160% increase in the number of people actually using them.

"I think people will respect the libraries because as I say it is not Government it is community, it is belonging to the people and we want to make these community hubs for the future."

- Digital Desk

More on this topic

Trinity College launch investigation after university newspaper admits secretly recording students

One in five school staff assaulted once a week in Northern Ireland

Ireland will have highest university fees in Europe post-Brexit, according to student union

Funding third-level education: A hard decision dodged again

More in this Section

Gardaí appeal for information after teenager goes missing in Wicklow

Petrol prices continue to rise

Check your tickets: National Lottery on lookout for new millionaire in Co Dublin

Leo's criticisms were 'cheap, complete nonsense and have gone down very badly', FF claim


Lifestyle

The most honest account you will ever read about the onset of the menopause

Working Life: Dr Carl Fagan, consultant in intensive care medicine, Beacon Hospital, Dublin

More From The Irish Examiner