£1 million Dungiven library official opening

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The new state-of-the-art Dungiven Library will officially open next Friday with a schedule of packed events.

The Main Street facility opened to the public back in October with large numbers flocking to it since. Costing in excess of £1 million, it has taken almost a year to complete, but those involved say it has been worth the wait.

Long opening hours and well-stocked bookshelves, Bernadette Mc Closkey, Dungiven Branch Library Manager, explained: “We are delighted the people of Dungiven will now be able to enjoy a brighter, more accessible library, offering a wider range of books for adults and children, DVDs, newspapers and magazines. We also have a meetings room which local organisations can hire. We will be able to run author events and have exhibitions which we were unable to do before due to lack of space. The library also has a much larger number of computers for people to use and offers a comfortable place to relax and escape.”

For local businesses, organisations and charities, there is a meetings room which can be hired at very competitive rates. Here is an ideal location in which to hold effective meetings and it is well equipped with communication equipment, offers air-conditioning and catering facilities, to fulfil all requirements.

At this new state-of-the art library, members can also enjoy free Internet access on the library’s public computers and use its Information Services. Library users are now being offered FREE newspapers, resources and information on the internet, which can be accessed through library or home computers. So call into Dungiven Library and ask about Online Library today.

Anne Brolly, Councillor with Limavady Borough Council, commented: “As a local councillor and a member of the Board of Libraries NI, I am delighted that the people of Dungiven now have a new library, which offers them an enhanced library service and provides a focal point for the community. I would encourage people of all ages, young and old, to call in and make use of a wide range of free services and facilities.”

Libraries NI would like to invite you to call in and see the newly reopened Dungiven Library from Friday 8th October and you will be given a warm welcome by Bernadette McCloskey, Branch Library Manager, by Maeve Doherty, Library Assistant and Jean Fitzpatrick, Area Manager. This new flagship library will provide a valued and essential service for all people in the area and strives to consistently offer a high-quality service to all our library users

To become a library member, simply bring along a means of identification (which includes a home address) and then you can make use of the many free membership benefits.

Next Friday’s opening includes a talk with best selling author, the Derry Journal’s Claire Allan. There will also be IT sessions, tradional music, tours of the library and a chance to trace your family tree with ancestry.com Dungiven Library’s opening hours are: Monday 2.00pm -5.30pm; Tuesday 10.00am - 1pm and from 2pm - 5.30pm, Wednesday 2pm - 8pm, Friday 10am -1.00pm and 2.00-5.30pm and Saturday from 10.00am - 1pm.

For further information, about next week’s opening contact Dungiven Library (107 Main Street) on telephone number 028 7774 1475 or email dungiven.library@librariesni.org.uk