“We are giving it serious consideration, and if there’s evidence that suggests it’s a viable option, then we would be over there like a shot,” Mr Fitzgerald said. “When we take control of a library, we don’t own the building or the shelves, and we don’t badge staff. We have been running libraries in the US for 30 years, and want to take this effective model to this part of Europe. We plan to work closely with councils – for instance if an area has poor children’s literacy levels, we would aim to curb that, and also help spread health messages in other areas, where poor health is an issue. This would be part of the income process."