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Public Library Services for Children and Young People in Ireland

Research Staff

Prof. Robbie Gilligan (PI)

Dr. Brid McGrath, Margaret Rogers

About the Project

The Children's Research Centre, Trinity College was commissioned by the Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affiars to undertake a study into public library provision for young people aged 13 -17 years and of young people's views and opinions on public library services. The study commenced in January 2007.

The aim of the research was to "investigate young peoples' (13-17 years of age) opinions and perceptions of current library services, as well as to obtain their ideas for creating a public library that would appeal to their age group".

What did the research focus on?

The study involved a review of national and international literature; a questionnaire / interview sample survey of public library staff; identification of examples of good practice, nationally and internationally, including site visits; focus group discussions with groups of young people reflecting the diversity of young people in Ireland today; focus group discussions with Library personnel and with children and young people's service providers; and a school based sample survey of young people's views.

What did the research involve?

The study identified examples of best practice in library provision for young people, highlighted the views and experiences of young people, both library users and non-users, and produced informed recommendations for the future development of public library provision for young people in Ireland.

Last updated 15 March 2010 by The Children′s Research Centre (Email).