Anthony, Natalie, Ellen and Patrick Foley from Tipperary town in the new library facility in the Excel Centre
A new library in Tipperary town Excel Centre has been officially opened.
The new library will be the first in County Tipperary to provide a suite of new technology solutions to the public. These include the introduction of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) which will replace barcode technology on book stock and allow library users to check out their own books.
In addition, new services such as Wi-Fi printing from a phone or tablet, remote printing from home and access to a new suite of public PCs have been introduced. Many of these new services will be accessed by a new Self-Service kiosk which utilises cutting-edge touch-screen technology as a point of access for the user. This kiosk represents the very latest in library technology and it is the very first one of this new generation of self-service kiosks to be installed in Europe.
The library service has also invested heavily in a brand new book stock for the library with a particular emphasis on children's stock. There are over 15,000 new books on the Library Shelves.
The Chief Executive of Tipperary County Council, Joe MacGrath stated " The library service is one of our longest established and best used cultural facilities. This new library in Tipperary Town embraces the modern concept of what a library should be which is a high quality community space where all are welcome".