New Limavady library hours to stay

Limavady library
Limavady library

Opening hours at Limavady library will not be reviewed, the culture minister has confirmed.

Limavady’s library is open for 40 hours. Dungiven library is open for 25 hours.

DUP MLA George Robinson asked the Culture, Arts and Leisure Minister Carál Ní Chuilín to review Limavady library opening hours in light of the fact that Limavady has “three areas of high social deprivation”.

The minister said the decision to reduce the opening hours of Limavady library was taken in accordance with Libraries NI’s new opening hour’s policy, which comes into effect this month.

The minister said the new policy will help to ensure that all libraries, including Limavady, will remain open and will not need to close.

The minister told Mr Robinson: “Libraries NI made clear in its review of opening hour’s consultation that libraries serving areas experiencing substantial levels of deprivation would be guaranteed protection from a greater than 10 per cent reduction in their opening hours. Deprivation is determined using the published NI multiple deprivation measure 2010.”