Funding of €650,000 from the Dormant Accounts Action Plan 2019 has been allocated to libraries across Ireland.

The money will be used to provide supports for marginalised and socially disadvantaged communities.

The Department of Rural and Community Development has approved the funding which will provide for access to lifelong learning, digital literacy and educational supports in tandem with the national Right-to-Read Programme.

Libraries will also work with local partners to increase communities' awareness of services available and reaching those who may not have previously engaged with the service.

Announcing the funding, Minister of State for Community Development, Sean Canney, said: "Our public library system has an important role to play in delivering additional educational services which meet the needs of a diverse range of individuals and communities and facilitate inclusion and participation by all."