Cork County Library was founded after the passing of the Local Government Act in 1925 and though much has changed in the intervening 89 years, the fundamental social, cultural and educational values that form the ethos of a public library service remain unchanged. The service is delivered through a branch and mobile network, supplemented by a growing suite of online services. The 28 branch libraries are located in the main towns throughout Co. Cork and include the Library HQ on Carrigrohane Road, which also serves as the centre for Reference and Local Studies, bibliographic services and administration. Towns and villages not served by a branch library are served by a fleet of 4 mobile libraries, which operates a fortnightly schedule across the 7,500 sq km expanse of the county.
This library plan has been prepared in the context of ongoing change in
public service provision, as envisaged in Putting People First: action programme for effective local government and Opportunities for All: the public library as a catalyst for economic, social and cultural development, which outlines objectives for public libraries at a national level in specific areas such as physical space, service provision, culture and community,
co-operation, partnership and promotion.
The preparation of this plan involved a process of public and staff consultation, to acquire feedback on how library services are delivered and how they could be improved. The submissions received, listed in
full in Appendix 1, were very informative, constructive and creative, and above all, confirmed the value of the library service to the people of Co. Cork.
The plan is divided into two sections, looking back at what has been achieved since the last development plan and looking forward at what can be achieved in the next five years. Navigating a course through continuing economic difficulties and a rapidly changing environment will be a challenge, but we have a number of advantages in this regard. We have clarity of purpose, we have a team of highly-skilled librarians committed to public service, and we have the appreciation and support of the people we serve, be they residents of Co. Cork or visitors to Co. Cork.
I would like to thank the outgoing Library Committee for their hard work, support and interest in the library service over the last 5 years and wish them the very best for the future. Thanks also to library staff, elected members, the management of Cork County Council and all who contributed to the compilation of this plan.
Acting County Librarian
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