Children celebrating Donegal Libraries Summer Reading Programme earlier this year.
There were 17 million visits to public libraries in Ireland last year, over 335,000 of them to libraries in Donegal.
Donegal County Librarian Eileen Burgess says libraries continue to play such a very important role in the county, with every demographic group represented in Donegal’s library users.
With that in mind, she says staff try hard to identify the needs of users, and tailor services to suit them. There are13 public libraries and 11 Taobh Tire points in Donegal.
Whilst Strumpet City was the most borrowed book of adult fiction from public libraries nationally, in Donegal Donal Ryan’s ‘The Thing about December’ topped the poll and this was followed by Gillian Flynn’s ‘Gone Girl’ and J.K. Rowling’s ‘The Casual Vacancy’.
Like the rest of the country, ‘The Official Drivers Theory Test’ topped the poll for most borrowed Adult non-fiction title and Michael Rosen’s ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ and Joe Brennan’s ‘Donegal Folk Tales’ were top of the list of the most borrowed Children’s titles.