Public libraries provide resources to enable users to learn or follow a course of study independently. These include learning packs, online learning modules, learning booths, training materials and short courses.
This service is provided for the public library service by Universal Class (link is external)which offers patrons a unique online education experience. There are over 400 courses available. You can access these services through your local library website or through the national portal on Libraries Ireland (link is external).
Public libraries also provide a wide range of resources and activities to strongly support schools in developing children’s literacy, numeracy, creativity and communication skills.
In addition to online learning resources available on library authority websites, AskaboutIreland.ie (link is external) includes a Learning Zone section which has been created specifically for primary and secondary students in collaboration with key educational bodies and advisors, including the NCCA (link is external), the NCTE (link is external) and the PDST (link is external). It is now one of the largest educational websites in Ireland, providing free access to an extensive collection of teaching and learning resources for primary and secondary schools.
The national environmental information service, ENFO (link is external), has been delivered through the public library service since 2009. With the integration of ENFO into the library service, public libraries are now a key provider of environmental information in Ireland. The service is managed by Libraries Development, LGMA (link is external).
Europe Direct Information Centres
Europe Direct (link is external) is a European project run through public libraries working with the European Commission and managed by Libraries Development to support the Europe Direct Information Centres (link is external). There are currently ten Europe Direct Information Centres around the country. Each centre provides information on the EU free of charge and carries a selection of publications and brochures from EU institutions. Visitors can access computers to search for EU material and can use a free-phone to contact the Europe Direct Helpdesk. Up-to-date information on the centres and current events, including talks, exhibitions and competitions is available on www.europedirect.ie (link is external).