Category Archives: Ireland

World Book Day 2014

Last 6th March, and that’s the 17th year, saw the celebration of the World Book Day. It is a worldwide celebration (designated by UNESCO) of books and reading marked in over 100 countries all over the world.

UK and Ireland had launched a web page full of information and resources (they even have games!) about this day, aiming to “encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own”.

Irish libraries. Strategy 2013-2017

Last December, the Irish Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan, launched the new strategy 2013-2017 for public libraries, an ambitious plan including for example a single national membership card, the creation of new services in the areas of business and information provision, etc. 

You can read the full text through this link: 

Opportunities for All: The public library as a catalyst for economic, social and cultural development. A Strategy for Public Libraries 2013-2017

Building Collections: 300 years of the Old Library

For this post we are reproducing the information from the Irish web page:…”news from Irish libraries”.

This year Trinity College Library Dublin will mark the tercentenary of the laying of the foundation stone of the Old Library, one of the great libraries of the Western world. The balance and symmetry of the architecture have made the building an icon for the organisation of human thought and expression. Its collections span over a millennium of recorded thought.

To commemorate the occasion a one-day conference will be held entitled BUILDING COLLECTIONS: 300 years of the Old Library. The conference will be held on Monday 25 June, 2012 in the Thomas Davis Theatre, Trinity College Dublin, followed by a celebratory reception in the Long Room.

The conference will examine aspects of the physical structure of the Library, and its alterations through the centuries, as well as focusing on the context within which its renowned early printed books and manuscripts holdings have developed.

The day promises to deliver fascinating insights into the progress of social and intellectual endeavour in Ireland, and the emergence of a world-class research library in Dublin.

For further information visit

Education Workshops on Using New Library resources for Classrooms

For this post we are collecting the information from the Irish web page: Library Services for Young People.

A series of workshops on using online library resources has been developed for teachers of both primary and post primary pupils and is being delivered in the regional education centres throughout the spring of 2012. The workshop covers:

  •     Using resources in your classroom
  •     Services and support from your local library
  •     Useful reference resources for free online access

Librarians from each local library service where a workshop is running are invited to participate in order to provide an additional opportunity for teachers to connect with their local service, learn about the services provided to schools and to develop links and further contacts to provide additional services for schools.

Source of this information:

NAPLE Sister Libraries

The NAPLE sister libraries programme seeks to help libraries foster cooperation links in the way they decide. It is a programme open to public libraries situated in any of the participating NAPLE countries that wish to find a partner library in another country in order to establish a cooperation programme. For more information you can visit NAPLE Sister libraries

NAPLE Secretariat

Library.i.e… “news from Irish Libraries”

Hello friends,

We want to introduce the Blog about news from Irish Libraries. The blog is divided in different sections: contact, jobs and careers, libraries, book clubs, calendar and link.

Click on the picture:

Blog of Irish Libraries

Library Legislation in Ireland

Please find in the latest content in Irish public library legislation:

– One of the most relevant chapters in the Local Government Act, 2001 above which covers the public library service, our council and related matters. The act is a consolidated act for the  local government system in Ireland. The only amendments since have been to the representation on the Council and changing nomenclature.

– As for the  Public Lending Remuneration system that is place in Ireland,  please check both the 2007 Copyright and Related Rights Actand the Statutory Instrument SI of 2008 (Public Lending Remuneration Scheme) which commenced the act. Our council is charged with implementing the scheme and I am the Registrar. The roles of the local library authorities and that of our council are delineated therein. We made our first payments to rights holders in 2009.

Here is the link to our national policy document: Branching Out: Future Directions

Norma McDermott
Director of An Chomhairle Leabharlanna- The Library Council

Welcome to NAPLE Blog!

Dear friends,

Welcome to NAPLE Blog!

In this blog, you can read the news related to NAPLE and public libraries in Europe. We hope to receive your comments and opinions to enrich the NAPLE Blog.

See you soon

EBooks: the Irish Story, so far…

More information in this link:
EBooks: the Irish Story, so far…

Norma McDermott
Director of An Chomhairle Leabharlanna- The Library Council