Waterford Libraries return to full opening hours from Monday 7th March

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Waterford Libraries return to regular Opening Hours after pandemic

Waterford Libraries is pleased to return to full hours and full services from Monday March 7th.

National restrictions on library visits and branch events are now lifted so library staff will resume all library book clubs, story-times, class visits and talks.

Staff would also like to remind the public to be respectful of other members as we return to regular library service and be aware that some library patrons will still need to maintain distancing and/or mask wearing for health reasons.

Jane Cantwell, City & County Librarian with Waterford Libraries explained that getting back to interacting with the public is a welcome move.  “It is hugely important part of our job. Our in-house events have been sorely missed, both by our staff and by the general public. However, we were very lucky to be able to facilitate our members throughout the pandemic, where they could still use our online resources, but that said we are looking forward to injecting life and learning back into Waterford Libraries branches.”

Jane continued, “We are proud of the efforts of our staff during the pandemic, particularly when we operated the Covid Community Response Helpline, but the announcement that we are returning to full opening hours is a sure sign of life returning to normal.  We look forward to welcoming our members to our twelve branches across the City and County and to being able to offer our full array of services. “

Central Library, Carrickphierish Library, Ardkeen Library, Lismore Library and Dungarvan Library are resuming lunchtime opening.  Browns Road Library, Kilmacthomas Library, Cappoquin Library and Portlaw Library are returning to their full opening of three days a week.

The libraries at Ardkeen, Carrickphierish, Central Library and Dungarvan are introducing one morning a week of Community Hours on a trial basis. These mornings are perfect for groups and school tours to access our branches while the branch is closed to the general public.  Please contact your local branch to arrange a visit for your group or class during our Community Hours.

Full details of all branch opening hours can be found at www.waterfordlibraries.ie

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