Ireland’s National Library Warns It Will Have To Cut Services
Speaking at the launch of its annual review yesterday, acting director Catherine Fahy said the library had a 42 per cent rise in visitors last year, but its funding has been cut by 44 per cent since 2008.
In 2008 it got €11.88 million from the Exchequer while last year it received €6.4 million, a reduction of 7 per cent on 2012.
She said the library needed an increase in next month’s budget of €1.25 million to maintain existing services.
From the Irish Times:
The board of the National Library of Ireland has warned that it will have to reduce services and will not be able to play a full part in the Decade of Commemorations because of further budget restraints.
The board has written to the department warning it will close its photographic archives facility in Temple Bar, which includes a genealogy service to the public during the summer, and reduce its evening opening hours in the National Library without an increase in funding.
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