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Libraries NI has announced an exciting new pilot project in Maghera Library, an 'Out of Hours' service, which will begin on Tuesday 20 March 2018.
The Out of Hours service offers adults controlled access to library facilities outside of normal library opening hours.
Maghera Library is currently open 38 hours a week so during an additional 30 hours, the Out of Hours service will allow customers in the Maghera area to access a limited but important range of services including broadband/Wi-Fi access, printing facilities, study space and book borrowing on a self-service basis.
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. To access the library building during the Out of Hours timetable, current and new customers must register in Maghera Library and they must also attend an informative induction event to show the operational and safety measures for using the service.
Customers are invited to come along to an induction event to find out more about the Out of Hours Service and to how to access it. Everyone is welcome to come along and just ask staff in the library for details.
This pilot project is funded by DAERA (the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs), and a major aim is to address the limited broadband availability in some areas by offering increased 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.”
Maghera Library opening hours are:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: from 10:00am - 1:00pm and from 1:30pm - 5:00pm; Tuesday: from 1:30pm - 8:00pm and Saturday: from 10.00am – 1.00pm and from 1:30pm - 4:00pm.
Out of Hours Service hours are:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: from 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Tuesday from 8:00am - 12:00 noon and from 8.00pm – 10.00pm; and Saturday from 4:00pm – 8.00pm.
Contact Maghera Library (Church Street, BT46 5EA) on telephone: 028 7964 2578 or email: email@example.com