The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys officiated at an event to mark its publication.
“2013 shows a library that’s still achieving good results and bringing important collections to the public. Hard times continue, but today is an opportunity to recognise the achievements that the NLI has made against the odds,” said NLI acting director Catherine Fahy.
“The NLI is facing huge challenges and it is of considerable concern that since 2008, we have suffered from year-on-year funding cutbacks, and now receive 44pc less funding than we did five years ago. Coupled with decreasing numbers of staff and increasing demand for our services, this means we are being squeezed from all sides.
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From the NLI News Release:
Key highlights from the 2013 review include:
- Over a quarter of a million visitors to the NLI in 2013. This represented a 42 per cent increase on the previous year, and an 85 per cent increase since 2009.
- Online visitors to www.nli.ie continued to grow in 2013, with 7.3 million interactions across NLI’s website and Flickr Commons profile, and 20,000 followers reached on Facebook and Twitter.
- A total of 16,000 books, newspapers and periodicals were bought or received under legal deposit, including rare items and newly published material.
- Sixty collections of manuscripts, prints and drawings, and photographs were purchased last year, and 281 collections were donated.
- Ten major exhibitions were staged during 2013, attracting 170,840 visitors.
When available, the full text of the report will be posted here.