From The Irish Times:
Shortly before 10am, 40 people are waiting at the steps that lead to the Central Library in the Ilac Centre, Dublin. “Some mornings you’d think there’s a sale on,” says moustachioed library attendant Vincent Thomas a little later.
The Government also announced this week that it is going to spend €8 million to deliver iPads, workstations, podcasting equipment, interactive whiteboards and other forms of technology for hundreds of public libraries.
Irish people love their libraries. They use them to access books, DVDs, music, free courses, book and film clubs and performances. According to figures from 2017, the Central Library gets an average of 1563 visitors a day and has 24,682 active borrowers.
“Some of those people who would be waiting [outside] would be people who would spend the whole day here,” says library assistant James Barry. “This is a traditional library and then it’s a social space and a safe space for people to be.”