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Minister welcomes Assembly motion about libraries

21 November, 2011 - by Carál Ní Chuilín

Libraries Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has welcomed a no named day motion on Community Libraries due to take place in the Assembly today.

The Minister said: “I would like to thank the members for raising this issue and I look forward to the debate in the Assembly. It is important that MLAs are afforded an opportunity to discuss the public library service.  

“I firmly believe that investment in the library service will help build a more educated society, a more skilled society and a stronger society. I am committed to ensuring, against a difficult financial backdrop, that local library services are protected as much as possible”. 

 Referring to the Review on library opening hours presently being taken forward by Libraries NI the Minister added: “At present there is a consultation on a reduction of library opening hours and I would encourage local people to engage in this consultation and to shape the future of their library services.   

“I would emphasise that nothing has been finalised by the Libraries NI Board at this stage. This Board has run several public consultations recently including the review of the library estate. In each case, in the light of the consultation responses they received, the Board have changed their final decision. Libraries NI has proved that it is an organisation that listens to people.

“As the Assembly prepare to debate this issue, I am looking forward to hearing views and listening to how we can tackle this challenge together.”

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