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25th Feb 2023

Ireland Reads Day: Public encouraged to squeeze in a read today

Kat O'Connor

Today is Ireland Reads Day!

Today, February 25th, the people of Ireland are encouraged to head to their local library and ‘squeeze in a read’ for Ireland Reads Day.

A range of events will take place in Ireland’s libraries. They’re hoping to encourage the public to visit their local library to (re)discover all the services they offer.

So why not head to your local library and pick up a book or two?

The public is invited to visit Ireland Reads website ( and take a pledge to read for a certain number of minutes on the day.

You can pick up a book for 10 minutes or two hours, whatever you have time for.

Heather Humphreys, TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development said:

“This campaign is an important public libraries initiative that celebrates reading for people of all ages.

It also promotes the power of reading for our well-being.

“Libraries play a vital role in our communities – providing essential services to people, both young and old.”

“I encourage everybody to join me in pledging to set aside some time on Ireland Reads Day, February 25th.”

Irish Libraries now also offer BorrowBox, an app that allows members to borrow eBooks and audiobooks for free. There are currently over 60,000 eBooks, as well as 54,000 eAudiobooks to choose from.

The Ireland Reads campaign is a collaboration led by public libraries and is also part of the Healthy Ireland programme.