New opening times are set to implemented at libraries in Limavady and Dungiven.
Limavady library will be open six days a week - Monday to saturday - for a total of 40 hours, while Dungiven library will be open five days a week - closed on Thursdays - for a total of 25 hours.
A Libraries NI spokesperson. “In May of this year, the Libraries NI Board agreed the policy for library opening hours and the new total weekly hours were then announced to customers.
Customers across the network of 98 public libraries were then consulted, at a local level, to identify and agree the most suitable pattern of opening hours for each library.
The consultation has now been completed.”
SDLP Limavady Councillor Gerry Mullan had expressed disappointment at the news opening hours at the Roe Valley’s two libraries, in Limavady and Dungiven looked set to be reduced when the consultation was announced.
Colr. Mullan told the ‘Journal’: “I’m disappointed at this news because the library is a major focal point for the community, including schools. It also offers a lot of services which many people can’t avail of anywhere else, and I know there are some people who spend a lot of time in the library.
“The cut in hours would be a serious loss.”
Irene Knox, chief executive of Libraries NI, said earlier this year the draft budget called for savings of 7.5% but said no libraries will close as a result of the savings.