Ardee Library will reopen to the public on Tuesday January 17th, having been closed since the start of November – but members will have to wait for the new self-service facilities.
The building will have been closed for two and a half months by the time it opens it’s doors to members and the public once again in 12 days time. It was initially set to be shut for one month due to necessary electrical upgrades, but that closure was extended by a month with Louth County Council expressing their intent to reopen again early in January.
Now, the date has been set for it’s doors to open once again – and there are major changes afoot, but not just yet. The electrical upgrades undertaken in the building at Market Square in Ardee are to facilitate the new self-service facility and extension of opening hours.
But while the library building will open again later this month, the new self-service and extended access services will not come into effect straight away. The ‘My Open Library’ service will be launched at a later date.
The new ‘My Open Library’ service will mean that Ardee Library will now offer self-service access to library members outside of normal opening hours. When the service is finally launched in Ardee, it is expected that the library will be open from 8am to 10pm – but only remaining staffed during existing opening hours.
The self-service option will see the library open to members seven days a week. Currently, it is closed on Sundays. Among the services that will be available during non-staffed hours will be borrowing/returning books, printing, photocopying, internet access, free wi-fi and study spaces areas.
Speaking to ThisIsArdee.ie last month, Louth CoCo acting county librarian Amanda Branigan said, “Members can look forward to an enhanced service with a brighter, more comfortable space.” The essential electrical upgrade to the library has now been completed and workers are currently repainting the interior of the building and installing new desks and furniture.
New doors and window have also been installed in the building, as well as new electronic equipment to facilitate the new services.