Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs
Brid McGrath, Margaret Rogers and Robbie Gilligan, Young People and Public Libraries in Ireland: Issues and Opportunities, Dublin, Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, 2010
The responses to this survey on young people’s use of and views on public libraries in Ireland
demonstrate that public libraries provide a wide range of services to young adults, but these are
unevenly distributed throughout the country and, indeed, within library authorities. Innovative and
attractive services have been provided and more are planned. Many services, however, are limited
by lack of space, paucity of training for library staff, the absence of any dedicated young adults’
librarians and a low level of knowledge of, and interest in, libraries on the part of teenagers, as
well as competition with their other activities.
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