Lo­cal stud­ies li­brary sec­tion is to re-open

Bray People - - NEWS -

THE lo­cal stud­ies sec­tion of Bal­ly­waltrim Li­brary in Bray is to re-open, seven months after its clo­sure.

The fa­cil­ity closed down last June, due to staffing is­sues across County Wick­low li­brary ser­vices.

A mora­to­rium on hir­ing staff left county li­brar­ian Bren­dan Martin in an im­pos­si­ble po­si­tion where there sim­ply weren’t the re­sources to keep the lo­cal stud­ies ser­vice open.

A li­brar­ian based in Grey­stones was re­tir­ing and that spot had to be moved from the team at Bal­ly­waltrim.

The lo­cal stud­ies room was locked up in June with no ac­cess pro­vided to his­to­ri­ans and re­searchers.

The room in­cludes a col­lec­tion of doc­u­ments, records and books spe­cific to County Wick­low, as well as a ar­chives of the Bray and Wick­low Peo­ple on mi­cro­film.

En­niskerry his­to­rian and au­thor Michael Seery said that some of the items in the room are very rare and would not be avail­able in the na­tional li­brary. Ark­low based his­to­rian Jim Rees led the charge to have the ser­vice re­turned.

The fa­cil­ity will open once again on Tues­day, Jan­uary 6, since Wick­low Li­brary Ser­vice found it­self in a po­si­tion to hire staff ap­pro­pri­ately. The open­ing hours at Bal­ly­waltrim Li­brary are Tues­day, Thurs­day and Satur­day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Wed­nes­days from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and closed Mon­days and Fri­days.

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