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Libraries Commitment Welcomed

16 January, 2012

Sinn Féin MLA Oliver McMullan has welcomed the commitment of Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure Minister Carál Ní Chuilín to maintaining library services across the North.

Mr McMullan stated:

“I understand that due to financial constraints libraries have been under pressure but I welcome the commitment from the Minister to maintain the number of libraries across the North. 

“Rather than close a number of libraries the Department has opted for rearranging opening hours to save the number of libraries.

“While this is not the ideal scenario the restructuring of opening hours will prevent a substantial number of libraries from closing and therefore maintain local services which will benefit local communities.

“Libraries are an essential part of local communities and provide a range of services that cannot be replicated by other providers.

“Apart from books, libraries now have services such as computer suites, music and video and photo copying services to mention but a few.  

“Local communities also have a role to play in protecting library services and should maximise the use of their local branch to ensure their long term future

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