Decision on library opening hours on hold

Glengormley Library. INNT 37-033-FP
Glengormley Library. INNT 37-033-FP

The Board of Libraries NI has decided to defer the decision regarding the findings from the Review of Library Opening Hours public consultation until January 2012.

The Board’s decision will allow adequate time to review the high level of responses received during the public consultation which ran from September 12 until November 14, with over 7,000 questionnaires as well as more than 500 items of correspondence submitted.

The public consultation, which focused on the principles of the review and the proposed opening hours for each library, included an equality impact assessment and a rural impact assessment.

Local libraries that may be affected by a reduction in opening hours include Glengormley, Rathcoole and Ballyclare libaries.

Glengormley Library could have its current opening hours of 57 hours a week cut to 40; Rathcoole’s hours might be reduced from 44 hours to 30 and Ballyclare from 44 hours down to 40.

Nigel Macartney, Interim Chairperson of Libraries NI, said: “The Board realises that deferring this decision may add to the uncertainty for some of our library users and staff, however, it is important that all responses to the consultation are studied carefully.”

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