by ehistoryadmin on March 21, 2014

Leinster Leader 9 October 1976

Books on wheels a great idea 

KILDARE Co. Library delivery service van, bought for about £11,500 was blessed at Naas by Rev. J. Shortall, C.C., and possession of it was formally taken by Chairman, Mrs. Patsy Lawlor, on behalf of the Co. Council.

After the inaugural ceremony the unit was inspected by Councillors and officials.

Co. Librarian, Seamus O Conchubhair, in a special address, said; Kildare Co. Library now consists of sixteen branch libraries (if we include Kilcock due to open in early October). These are Droichead Nua, Naas, Athy, Kildare, Celbridge, Leixlip, Maynooth, Monasterevin, Curragh, Castledermot, Coil Dubh, Clane, Rathangan, Ballitore, Ballymore-Eustace, and Kilcock.

Our primary school scheme will eventually embrace some 86 schools, although, at the moment we only serve rural schools and those in smaller towns. This year and next year we would hope to achieve full coverage including the large towns. We also supply some special schools e.g. St. Mark’s, Kilcullen, and Moore Abbey, Monasterevin.

The Co. Home in Athy and the Co. Hospital, Naas, also receive service, as well as the day centre for senior citizens in Naas, Race Apprenticeship Centre, Kildare, Detention Barracks, Curragh Camp, and ArmyApprenticeship School, Naas.

There are also a few minor collections here and there in the country to meet urgent special needs, pending a full comprehensive service to all schools.

Our mobile library service now has 75 rural stops, as well as servicing Kilcullen, Robertstown and Suncroft, Kilcock will continue be served until early next month. One of the main stumbling blocks in the provision of the necessary follow-up service to all these branches, centres and service points, was the absence of a proper delivery service.

By the launching of our Exhibition/Delivery Van today this continuity in service and supply will be made possible.

This Exhibition/Delivery unit is Irish built at an approximate cost of £11,500 on a Bedford bus chassis. The value of the initial stock of books in the unit is £4,260.50.

The help and co-operation of the Co. Manager, Mr. J. G. Ward, Co. Secretary, Mr. J. J. Mullaney, and Staff Officer, General Purposes Section, Mr. S Stokes, is gratefully acknowledged.

The detailed design and planning were carried out under the supervision of the Co. Engineer, Mr. C. D. O’Donoghue. His help and that of the design engineer, Mr. Martin Nolan, and Mr. Michael Dooley, Drawing Officer, I duly record with grateful appreciation.

I also should like to thank the Co. Library Committee for their read endorsement of my proposal that this exhibition van be purchased.

Re-typed by Jill O’Connell

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