From the Irish Times:
A great and solemn trust is being placed in the Irish people. From next year, citizens will, for the first time in the history of the State, be able to borrow a book from a public library, without a librarian present.
Members of the public will be able to access their library outside the normal opening hours, without a member of staff present, and check books out, under the open libraries initiative from the Department of the Environment.
The new system, while relying to a great extent on the good behaviour of users, will be supported by technology.
Library staff in other countries in which open libraries operate, including Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Taiwan, report extremely positive experiences and that despite initial apprehension, very few disturbances occurred; in fact those which did occur were of a minor nature.
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