Disappointment at proposed cuts to library hours

Dungiven Library
Dungiven Library

SDLP Limavady Councillor Gerry Mullan has expressed disappointment at the news opening hours at the Roe Valley’s two libraries, in Limavady and Dungiven look set to be reduced.

The Board of Libraries NI has said it has agreed “reluctantly” to review library opening hours in response to plans to cut £2.4 million from its budget. The proposed opening hours for Limavady library is 40 hours and Dungiven 25 hours.

Colr. Mullan said: “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 the draft budget called for savings of 7.5% but said no libraries will close as a result of the savings.

A consultation has strated on proposed changes that would see a reduction in opening hours for a total of 52 branches across the North, and a reduction to its book-buying and maintenance budgets. Survey questionnaires are available in libraries and online at www.librariesni.org.uk