After years of inertia, the need for a new city library has made it to the top of Kilkenny County Council's agenda.
This follows the announcement of €2.45 million for the library made by Minister for Rural and Economic Development, Ann Phelan at Butler House, Kilkenny on Tuesday.
Director of services Maria Melia intimated that there was a root and branch analysis underway for the best site for a new library.
It looks increasingly unlikely that the old Meubles building on John Street, adjacent to County hall will be the preferred option.
“It will provide a valuable resource for the public and will be a new civic focal point in the cultural quarter of the city,” Minister Phelan said.
She said the original site location earmarked for a new library, on the old Meubles building on Johns Street, which backs onto the County Hall site, “still to be determined and confirmed.” “I am working closely with the CEO of Kilkenny County Council, Colette Byrne and elected representatives to identify a suitable location,” she said
The project will be delivered through a partnership with Kilkenny County Council who will manage the development and provide the matched funding.
Minister Phelan noted the commitment of Kilkenny County Council and she commended the staff of the Council for their on-going commitment and dedication in delivering an excellent library service to the County.
“I wish them well in bringing this new Library to realisation and look forward to coming back to see the completed project.”
Staff were delighted with the announcement as was the chairwoman of the local authority, Cllr Mary Hilda Kavanagh.
Together with free Library Membership for every person, young and old, and the introduction of a new suite of free services - including e-books, e-audiobooks, e-magazines, online courses, online languages and online papers.
that it heralded a new era for the library service and she looked forward to the new facility.