Roscommon could be set for self-service libraries

Self-service libraries look set to be introduced in Roscommon because the council is currently tendering for such equipment.

However, some councillors strongly oppose the plans.

Roscommon County Council has six libraries throughout the county – in Roscommon town, Castlerea, Ballaghaderreen, Boyle, Elphin and Strokestown – which are fully staffed.

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However, it published a notice on the eTenders procurement website on Friday seeking applications for tenders for various services associated with a self-service system.

It wants people to apply for ‘the supply and installation of RFID self-service equipment for Roscommon Library Service’.

RFID, or radio-frequency identification, is a type of technology that’s often used in self-service equipment to enable library users to borrow and return books themselves.

It’s the first sign of a self-service model being introduced in Roscommon, but two councillors voiced their opposition to the plans on Friday night.

The deadline for receipt of tenders is November 10.