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Minister welcomes rural libraries reprieve

Stormont press release - Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure

Libraries Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has welcomed a decision by Libraries NI to keep seven rural libraries open.

At a recent meeting of the Board, it was agreed that libraries in Carnlough, Draperstown, Fintona, Kells and Connor, Richill, Killyleagh and Greystone should remain open. In 12 months’ time, a further review of progress made in relation to Killyleagh and Greystone libraries will take place.

The Minister said: “This is a good decision for these communities. Libraries are at the heart of local communities and these days they offer much more than a facility for borrowing books. They are a meeting place for young families through the Rhythm and Rhyme programme, they provide computer classes and internet access as well as access to Benefits Clubs and Health in Mind programmes.

“There is no doubt that libraries provide a lifeline. They are an important public service valued by many. Libraries NI continue to invest in library services to ensure that they keep up to date and remain relevant to the 21ST century. Local people must continue to use their local library to secure their future.”

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