New opening hours set to take effect at local libraries

Ballyclare Library on School Street in the town. INNT 37-035-FP
Ballyclare Library on School Street in the town. INNT 37-035-FP

Libraries NI has announced revised opening hours for public libraries across Northern Ireland, including four within the Newtownabbey area.

The agreed patterns of opening hours have been developed following customer consultation in each library and these new hours will take effect as from next Wednesday, June 6.

The hours have been agreed as a result of a Review of Opening Hours, which was undertaken to meet savings targets resulting from the Comprehensive Spending Review. It also presented Libraries NI with the opportunity to harmonise the opening hours of libraries across Northern Ireland for the very first time - and as a result of this exercise, libraries are now categorised into one of six opening hour bands, based on level of use.

From June 6, Ballyclare Library in School Street will be open from 9.30am to 5.30pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; from 12.30pm to 8pm on Tuesdays, 12.30pm to 5.30pm on Thursdays and between 9.30am and 1pm on Saturdays.

Cloughfern Library will open from 2pm to 8pm on Tuesdays, and between 10am and 1pm and again from 2pm to 5pm on Thursdays and Saturdays. The Kings Crescent library will be closed on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Glengormley Library on Carnmoney Road will open 9.30am to 8pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. On Fridays and Saturdays it will be open between 9.30am and 5pm.

Rathcoole Library meanwhile, at Rosslea Way, will be open from 9.30am to 5.30pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from 12.30pm to 8pm on Thursdays, 12.30pm to 5.30pm on Fridays and 9.30am to 1pm on Saturdays.

Irene Knox, Chief Executive of Libraries NI, said: “I am aware that the Review of Opening Hours has been a lengthy process that has involved high levels of uncertainty but I am satisfied that the process of determining the pattern of opening hours for each library is now complete, following surveys in each location.

“The new opening hour patterns, to be implemented from June 6, have been based on the principle that ‘the available hours should be used in a way that best meets customer need’ in each library.

“I would like to thank our customers and those members of the public who consulted openly with us during this process to ensure that we are fair to customers, to libraries and to staff.”

Details of the revised opening hours for all Libraries NI, can be found at www.librariesni.org.uk