Mayo County Library in Castlebar remains closed for access by the public into the building as yet due to Covid 19 restrictions, nonetheless it is a hive of activity since the start of the pandemic with increasing demand for its online services.
As the second phase of restrictions lifted on Monday last, the Castlebar facility has now developed a new and popular additional service called contact and collect.
The new service now allows the public to contact the library and ask for a number of books, either by author, genre, or named publications and the library staff put the collection together into a bag. The bag can then be collected.
Rural Link, the community based rural transport system servicing rural areas across the county, is also collecting the bag of books for any library user that may be cocooned or unable to travel.
Library staff are working in appropriate PPE gear handling the books on return, and they then quarantine books for 72 hours before they are returned to the shelves.
Darina Molloy is the Senior Executive Librarian with Mayo County Library and she has been telling Midwest News about the impact of lockdown on library services and the plans and new ideas being worked on for a full re-opening of the libraries.