Call to re-open Carrick library on Saturdays

Carrick-on-Suir Library
A campaign is underway in Carrick-on-Suir to re-open the town’s public library on Saturdays.

A campaign is underway in Carrick-on-Suir to re-open the town’s public library on Saturdays.

The Library used to be open for business on Saturdays but has been closed on this traditionally busy day for library visitors since June, 2012 due to cutbacks.

FG Cllr Margaret Croke tabled a motion at a recent Carrick-on-Suir Town Council meeting calling for the re-opening of the library on Saturdays to be explored. It was decided to raise the issue with the County Tipperary Joint Libraries Committee, the authority responsible for providing and promoting the library service in the county.

Cllr Croke told the meeting other libraries opened on Saturdays. Cashel Library was an example but it had six staff compared to 2.5 in Carrick-on-Suir. “Most people enjoy going to the library on Saturdays. It might be the only day they can go,” Cllr Croke pointed out.

She also highlighted that Carrick Library can end up being closed on other week days if a staff member is out sick.

Labour Cllr Sarah Dunne, the Council’s youngest member, said when she was at school, Saturday was the only day she could visit the library. “For the youth of the town it’s so important for the library to be open and it’s especially important for people working during the week.”

Ind. Cllr Patsy Fitzgerald proposed the library authorities investigate using a Community Employment Scheme to keep the library open on Saturdays.