Advice, Assistance and Services to Library Authorities

Advice, Assistance and Services to Library Authorities

Libraries Development provides professional advice to the local authorities in relation to public library development, infrastructure and staffing on an ongoing basis.

Innovation and Service Development

The Libraries Development team investigates and evaluates new and emerging trends and services in public library service development internationally and within the EU and provides professional advice to the Department and to local authorities. The current focus includes RFID technology, eBooks, open and linked data and digital preservation.

National services managed by Libraries Development

The development of national services provides advantages of scale in terms of volume, impact, cost, co-ordination and consistency.


Libraries Development collects, analyses and publishes statistical data relating to public libraries in Ireland.  The databases extend back to 1978 for actual expenditure and to 1987 for estimated expenditure. Data gathered during the national surveys of public library users (PLUS) in 2002 and 2007 is also available. The most recent statistics are available in the Publications section of the Ask about Ireland website.


On an ongoing basis, Libraries Development engages in national promotional activities for public libraries, manages media campaigns and acts as a clearing house for media enquiries on public library issues and services.  To find details of other services provided to library authorithies please click on any of the icons on the LHS

Training Programme for Public Library Staff

The Libraries Development team conducts an annual training needs analysis, based on a survey of all library authorities, to identify training needs and requirements. Working with training providers, a training and development programme is created annually for local authority library staff. Courses are provided on a cost recovery basis.  Contact for further information.