Budget axe affects local libraries

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As a result of budget cuts, Libraries NI has announced temporary changes to library opening hours across Northern Ireland - including Ballymena.

From Monday November 3, opening hours in a number of libraries will be reduced or will operate with a different pattern.

The temporary reduction in opening hours is one of the measures that has been implemented to make £1.4 million of savings by March 2015 as a result of the Libraries NI budget being cut by 4.4%.

Ballymena Library opening hours from November 3 will be:-

Monday 9:30am – 5:00pm; Tuesday 9:30am – 5:00pm; Wednesday 9:30am – 5:00pm; Thursday 9:30am – 8:00pm; Friday 9:30am – 5:00pm; Saturday 9:30am – 5:00pm.

Staffing levels in all libraries have been reviewed to ensure they remain open at busiest times and to prevent disruption to core services and programmes.

Every effort will be made to adhere to the published temporary opening hours.

However, temporary ad hoc closures or changes to opening hours may occur. Advance notice will be given where possible. Customers are asked, if in doubt, to check the Libraries NI website for the latest information or to telephone their local library.

For a full list of libraries affected by these changes go to www.librariesni.org.uk