Libraries Development, Local Government Management Agency was established in 2012 and continues the functions of An Chomhairle Leabharlanna (The Library Council) established in 1947. The functions of Libraries Development include the following:
- the provision of advice, assistance and services to library authorities in relation to the public library service;
- the making of such recommendations to and the provision of such services for the Minister in relation to the public library service;
- action to promote and facilitate library co-operation within Ireland and internationally.
Libraries Development, LGMA supports the implementation of the 5-year strategy for all 330 public libraries across the country. The provision of support for lifelong learning is one of the five key objectives of the strategy. Other objectives include strengthening the library’s role in literacy support and development, provision of reliable authoritative information, developing the library as a focal point for community and cultural development, and working collaboratively in cooperation partnerships to deliver integrated approaches for learning, education and employment.