Funding of €173,100 for public libraries in County Roscommon has been confirmed by Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment Denis Naughten.
The funding comes as part of a major investment package for digital services and facilities in public libraries announced by Minister Michael Ring, which includes €6 million from Government and a further €2 million contribution from local authorities.
The funding is aimed at enhancing ICT infrastructure, creating new meeting spaces with state-of-the-art technology and providing dedicated digital learning suites.
The funding includes the provision of: iPads/tablets/smart devices for users and for staff to assist users; computers and workstations including image deployment technology; software to support design, gaming and coding; meeting space technology; podcasting equipment and workstations; ‘Dementia Tables’ which facilitate play and learning for people with mild to severe dementia as well as those with intellectual disabilities, learning difficulties and autism; mobile LCD screens with audio; interactive whiteboards and digital training suites.
Fine Gael Senator Frank Feighan said the funding would “transform” library services in County Roscommon.
“This investment will enhance ICT infrastructure, create new meeting spaces with state-of-the-art technology, and provide dedicated digital learning suites. The new facilities and services will attract new users of all ages to our public libraries. This funding will transform our public library service across Roscommon,” he said.
Senator Feighan highlighted the “state-of-the-art” resources which would be made available at libraries across the county.