Concerns over staff-less Buncrana library plan

Controversial plans to open Buncrana Library without any staff during evenings and weekends are being met with opposition from library staff and users.

Controversial plans to open Buncrana Library without any staff during evenings and weekends are being met with opposition from library staff and users.

Staff may go on strike and library users don’t support the controversial proposal either

Donegal County Council says the introduction of a new ‘Open’ policy at Buncrana Library will enhance the service but library users aren’t convinced – while staff may go on strike to oppose the move.

Under the ‘My Open Library’ plan, set to be rolled out at 23 locations across the country in the coming months, Buncrana library would open from 8am until 10pm, 365 days per year.

There is a catch however, since the library would not be staffed during evening and weekend hours but would instead be monitored by CCTV cameras with members of the public asked to use self-service machines to take out and leave back books.

The Inishowen Independent understands that library staff in Inishowen are not happy about the proposal and could be willing to go out on strike, with the result of a ballot for industrial action expected to be known by this Friday.

Despite assurances from Donegal County Council that there will be no reduction in staffing levels or staffed hours, there are genuine fears among employees here that ‘staff-less’ libraries could lead to future job cuts.

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Donna Roddy