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Improvements are immediately visible as visitors enter the building through the newly installed library entrance leading into a reconfigured internal layout which significantly improves public access and offers a welcoming space for the community.
Alongside the reopening, Libraries NI is excited to announce that Irvinestown Library is part of a new pilot project offering an ‘Out of Hours’ service to local customers.
The Out of Hours service offers adults controlled access to library facilities outside of normal library opening hours. Irvinestown Library is currently open 28 hours a week and ‘Out of Hours’ technology gives the local community more options to use facilities for an additional 30 hours per week. Whilst the role of library staff in providing expert services and delivering programmes is key, during ‘Out of Hours’ service, a range of facilities are available on a self-service basis including broadband/Wi-Fi access, printing facilities, study space and book borrowing.
Speaking of the recent changes, Margaret Elliott, Irvinestown Branch Library Manager said:
“I am delighted to reopen the library doors and invite everyone from the local community to call in and see the new improvements and of course, sign up for the exciting new ‘Out of Hours’ Service. The recent upgrades to the building and the services available will ensure that the library will continue to be an important service in the town and the surrounding community.”
The ‘Out of Hours’ pilot project is funded by DAERA (the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs), and a major aim is to offer access to library broadband, Wi-Fi and computer facilities.
A DAERA spokesperson added:
“This pilot project is funded by DAERA (the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs) through its Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Isolation (TRPSI) Programme. The provision of extended access to library facilities and services in rural areas will deliver a range of benefits, including access to high-speed broadband that can contribute to the reduction of social isolation and financial poverty. The Out of Hours Library initiative is an excellent example of how public bodies can work in partnership to create positive outcomes for disadvantaged rural communities.”
To access the library during the ‘Out of Hours’ service hours, you must be age 18 or over and be a library member. If you are not a member then you can simply sign up to library membership which is free and open to all readers. Current and new customers must register in Irvinestown Library and must also attend an induction event to ensure they can use facilities safely.
Irvinestown Library current summer opening hours are:
Monday from 10:00am - 1:00pm and 1:30pm - 5:00pm, Tuesday from 10:00am - 1:00pm and 1:30pm - 5:00pm, Wednesday from 2:00pm – 5:00pm, Friday from 10:00am - 1:00pm and 1:30pm - 5:00pm and Saturday from 10:00am - 1:00pm
Irvinestown ‘Out of Hours’ Service hours are:
Monday from 5:00pm - 8:00pm; Tuesday from 5:00pm - 8:00pm; Wednesday from 8:00am – 1:00pm; Thursday from 8:00am - 8:00pm; Friday from 5:00pm - 8:00pm; Saturday 1:00pm – 5:00pm.
To find out more or to book a space at an induction event contact Irvinestown Library t: 028 6862 1383 e: firstname.lastname@example.org