Dublin City Council’s Pembroke Library now open every day of the year
Published on 4th August 2022
Fancy visiting the Library on Sunday? Or even on Christmas day? Are you an early bird surfer or a night owl reader? Pembroke Library has you covered.
Dublin City Council are delighted to announce that My Open Library has launched at Pembroke Library. In an extension of the existing service, library users who register for My Open Library can now access the branch from 8am to 10pm, 365 days a year. This initiative is in addition to the existing staffed hours at Pembroke Library which remain unchanged.
Speaking at the launch Lord Mayor of Dublin Caroline Conroy said, “I welcome this initiative which will strengthen the library’s position as a focal point for the community. The staffed hours, combined with the extended My Open Library hours, allow library members to access the full range of library facilities on a self-service basis at times that suit them best, particularly those who may not be able to access their library during regular staffed times. It’s a great example of how technology can support better access to library services.”
The Lord Mayor thanked the Department of Rural & Community Development for their support for My Open Library.
The City Librarian, Mairead Owens said, “Experienced and committed library staff are key to the success of our libraries and the full, staffed service continues to be provided as before. While people can also have access from home to our virtual library and e-resources, the library environment itself can provide a space where users can reflect and concentrate on reading, study and other activities. My Open Library lets more people than ever have access to this free democratic space.”
It’s easy to become a My Open Library member. Simply complete a short induction tour of the library and you are good to go! More information about registering for the service is on the libraries’ website at https://dcpla.ie/my-open-library
**Photographs from the launch will be circulated by Fennell Photography**
Notes to Editors:
My Open Library
The service offers extended opening hours, providing library access to members from 8am to 10pm, 365 days per year. It complements regular staffed hours and ensures optimum delivery of the service, support for customers, community engagement and the development of programming activities. The staffed hours, combined with the extended My Open Library hours, allows library members to access the library at times that suit them, particularly those who may not be able to access their library during regular staffed times.
During My Open Library hours registered borrowers can:
- borrow and return books and DVDs
- use the internet PCs and access the Wi-Fi on their own device
- use the printing, photocopying and scanning facilities
- use the study and reading spaces
- use the public toilets
Pembroke Library, one of the City’s Carnegie Libraries, opened in 1929. The first librarian appointed to the library was renowned Irish Author, Frank O’Connor.
In 2010 the library was extensively refurbished, making it fully accessible for all users.
The library provides a much valued service to the Ballsbridge and Dublin 4 areas with an estimated 5000 active members, a stock of 40,000 items and average yearly issues in the region of 90,000.