The number of people using the services of Carrick-on-Suir Library has rocketed since it re-opened last September following the completion of a major refurbishment project on the 33 year-old building.
County Librarian Jess Codd reports a dramatic increase in usage of the library and estimates the number of visits to Carrick Library last year looks like being double that of 2010 thanks to the revamp of the facility.
“The extra IT facilities and new community space are a huge addition to the community fo Carrick-on-Suir,” he told The Nationalist.
There was further good news for the library just before Christmas when Environment, Community & Local Government Minister Phil Hogan announced a R155,000 grant to the Tipperary Joint Libraries Committee to pay for the refurbishment of Carrick-on-Suir Library.
The refurbishment was paid for initially out of the County Library’s own resources as the work badly needed to be done.
Carrick Library was closed for six weeks from July 29 last year to Monday, September 12 for the renovations, which included the replacement of the leaking roof and making the building more accessible for people with disabilities, the elderly and parents visiting with children in buggies.
The disability access improvements included conversion of the toilets to make them wheelchair accessible, installing wheelchair accessible sliding doors at the entrance to the building and creating two new emergency exits.
The front desk was replaced, new carpeting was installed, the building was rewired, the roof glazing was replaced and a wall was constructed to close off the exhibition area so that it could be used as a meeting place for community groups.
Mr Codd said the Joint Libraries Committee was delighted to receive the R155,000 funding for the project and commended Minister Hogan and the Department of Environment, Community & Local Government for investing in the future of the library service.
Fine Gael Cllr Margaret Croke of Carrick-on-Suir Town Council has also welcomed the grant aid to the town’s library.