Take A Closer Look at Libraries

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Libraries IrelandA new national advertising campaign is asking everyone to take a closer look at what their local library has to offer.

Dublin City Libraries and all public libraries around the country are joining in the campaign, which is running for the next four weeks across radio, cinema, TV on demand, digital and social media.

The aim of the campaign is to encourage people of all ages to join and use the library.

Speaking about the campaign, Mairead Owens, Dublin City Librarian said, “People who use the library regularly know how great it is. But there are those who haven’t been in a while or don’t visit very often.

“We want everyone to take a closer look at their library, to see beyond what they thought it was, and find out about all the amazing services we offer – completely free.”

The ‘Take a Closer Look’ campaign was devised by the Libraries Development Unit of the LGMA with the support of the Department of Rural and Community Development. It is part of a wider national strategy to increase library use in Ireland.


There is an Open Day taking place in all libraries around the country on Saturday 29th February, so why not drop into your local library in Dublin city to meet your local librarian and to find out what services are an offer:

  • It’s free to join and everyone is welcome!
  • You can borrow a book from any library in the country
  • 12 million items to choose from, to be borrowed free of charge
  • eBooks, audiobooks and eMagazines straight to your phone or tablet
  • Space to study, free wi-fi!
  • Hundreds of events throughout the year – classes, talks, workshops, meet-up groups, book clubs, exhibitions
  • Children’s Services: Storytime, STEM workshops, coding classes, creative arts
  • You name it – it happens in a library!


At present, around 16% of the Irish population are library members. The ‘Our Public Libraries’ strategy aims to increase that figure to 30% by 2022.


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