In recent years, public libraries and local authorities have risen to the challenges of social, digital and economic change. Our public libraries continue to provide a wide range of services that are free and accessible to all citizens. In addition, public libraries are increasingly being recognised as important cultural spaces offering open, non-authoritarian and non-commercial public space. This role as a gateway both to knowledge and inclusion in local communities is unique. In this context we are delighted to present Libraries Unlimited: a Strategic Direction for Dublin City Libraries 2019-2023 which sets out a strong vision and clear strategic direction for the sustainable development of Dublin City Council’s public library and archive services over the five year period from 2019 to 2023.
This ambitious Plan is set within a strategic framework of six high-level ambitions, themes and priority actions and builds on previous plans and programmes delivered by the City Council’s library service. It has been shaped and informed by a review of the existing service; consultation with stakeholders and analysis of change drivers and trends. It also takes into account current policies, in particular the recently published national strategy for Public Libraries in Ireland 'Our Public Libraries 2022'.
Building on existing strengths, this Plan charts an ambitious but achievable course for new, innovative and improved services that meet changing needs and interests of Dublin citizens.