IT firm Fujitsu has won a £25m contract with Libraries NI.
Under the five-year contract, Fujitsu will replace and manage the entire ICT infrastructure in every public library in Northern Ireland, improving IT speeds, providing Wi-Fi access and creating an effective platform for modern "virtual library" services.
Greg McDaid, NI director at Fujitsu UK & Ireland, said that as a result of the contract, the company has created eight new positions for young people (18-24), through its apprentice and graduate trainee programmes.
Fujitsu – which employs 825 people in offices in Belfast, Londonderry and Antrim –will also welcome around 10 staff from Amey Plc, under the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulation of 1981, on May 1.
"This important win cements Fujitsu's place as the leading IT services supplier in Northern Ireland and demonstrates our ability to help clients move seamlessly into an increasingly digital marketplace," Mr McDaid said.
"We look forward to working with Libraries NI to help them meet their objectives of delivering better, more dynamic services."
Irene Knox, chief executive of Libraries NI, added: "This new contract will provide cutting-edge library services to the people of Northern Ireland whether it is in a local public library, a mobile library or online.
"We want to provide our customers with a rewarding experience every time they visit and the new enhanced services such as Wi-Fi access and improved IT speeds will help to deliver this to our users.
"Fujitsu was able to demonstrate a great understanding for the task at hand and we are confident that they will help us to transform our library services for the benefit of our library users."