“We will build on our strong foundation to continue to develop inclusive and equitable library spaces and services”

In September 2003 Cavan County Council’s Library Service joined a ground-breaking library access project. Focusing on the development of Johnston Central Library, we were determined to deliver best-quality library services, buildings and customer care for people with disabilities, through undertaking practical initiatives and by consulting effectively with people with disabilities.

11 years and many developments later, we now are an acknowledged leader in the field of library accessibility both winning and being shortlisted in coveted awards.

• We were overall winner of 3 international public library awards:
  The Public Library Buildings Awards UK and Republic of Ireland administered by CILIP: 2003 for Cootehill Library  and 2007 for Johnston Central Library
• Overall winner of the National Disability Authority Excellence through Accessibility Inaugural Award, 2006
• We were shortlisted for the royal Institute of Architects in Ireland Irish Architecture Awards, 2007

We continue to innovate in the area of library accessibility. We have pioneered groundbreaking approaches to library policy development and effective service delivery for people with disabilities. The Staff Mental Health Awareness Policy developed in 2009 has become the template for other library authorities. Approaches first tried in our libraries have impacted throughout Cavan’s local authority and have been influential in the development of county-wide strategic thinking. Our approach has assisted in bringing national success to Cavan County Council in being the overall winner of the 2010 O2 Ability Awards. But more importantly, it has led to fundamental change across the whole organisation and is making a real difference in people with disabilities’ lives.

View more by clicking on Find a library for key accessibility information in our branches.

Further information is available from accesscavan.ie or disabledgo.ie


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