Kilkenny library awarded €420,000 for vital Covid works
The public library in Graiguenamanagh will receive over €400,000 in funding for essential upgrades and measures in response to Covid-19.
The funding is part of a €3 million spend to support a Small Scale Capital Works Programme in public libraries announced by Minister of Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys.
Welcoming the announcement, Kilkenny TD John Paul Phelan said this funding will be matched by local authorities to the value of around €1.1 million – giving a total investment of almost €4.1 million.
Deputy Phelan added: “I am particularly pleased that Graiguenanamagh library will receive €420,000 for roof works, exterior windows and other measures which will make a real difference to the library buildings as it adapts to the new public health guidelines.
“Libraries play such an important role in our communities in terms of learning, self- development and for recreational purposes. This funding will ensure that these libraries have all the equipment that they need and are modern facilities that can be used now and for future generations in Kilkenny.
“The public libraries strategy, Our Public Libraries 2022, seeks to deliver a progressive library service and facilities that are fit for purpose.”
The announcement, along with the library projects funded under the Libraries Capital Programme and the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund, will see a major investment in public library buildings across the country.
Deputy Phelan said works will get underway in the libraries over the coming weeks and will be completed by end 2020/early 2021.
He also thanked Kilkenny County Council and library staff all across Kilkenny city and county “for their continued hard work and effort particularly during this challenging period”.