Local studies library section is to re-open
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.