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Customer Notice​

Coleraine Library is closed on Friday 7 August due to maintenance work. Coleraine Library's Book and Collect service will be available again on Monday 10 August from 10:00am.

Libraries NI Announces Further Reopening of Local Libraries 

​Libraries NI is pleased to announce that, following the recent reopening of Bangor Carnegie, Belfast Central, Derry Central, Lisburn City and Omagh libraries as part of a pilot scheme, a further 12 libraries will reopen from the beginning of August. 

Antrim, Ballymoney, Brownlow, Carrickfergus, Cookstown, Coleraine, Downpatrick, Enniskillen, Maghera, Newry, Strabane and Portaferry​ libraries​ will reopen to offer customers access to the library for book browsing and limited access to IT.

Library​ Reopening Date​

Antrim Library​​​​​

Tuesday 4 August​​

Ballymoney Library​​

Thursday 6 August​​

Brownlow Library​​

Tuesday 4 August​​

Carrickfergus Library

Tuesday 4 August​​

Coleraine Library​​

Tuesday 18 August​​

Cookstown Library​​

Tuesday 4 August​​

Downpatrick Library​​

Wednesday 5 August​​

Enniskillen Library​​

Tuesday 4 August​​

Maghera Library​​

Wednesday 5 August​​

Newry City Library​​

Tuesday 4 August​​

Portaferry Library​​

Monday 3 August​​

Strabane Library​​​

Tuesday 4 August​​


These 12 libraries are the second phase of the larger pilot to test our new approach to service delivery which will aim to keep customers and staff safe whilst also learning lessons to facilitate the smooth reopening of other local libraries as soon as possible.

A customer charter [view PDF or MS Word/text only​]​ has been developed to help everyone understand the new operational measures that will be in place for their safety. In order to maintain social distancing, there will be controls on the number of people allowed in libraries at any one time and customers may be asked to limit themselves to 30 minutes browsing and/or 30 minutes’ computer use initially. Toilet facilities will be closed during the pilot phase and printing or photocopying will also be unavailable. As public health guidance changes, this preliminary service offering will be reviewed.

In a similar approach to safety, as customers will see elsewhere, staff will be equipped with relevant PPE, screens will be installed at customer desks, hand sanitiser will be available for all customers entering the library and a high level of cleaning will take place throughout each of the libraries. Returned books will also be stored for a period in each library before being returned to the shelves. 

We would ask customers to work with us to make the reopening a success. Please follow the guidance, maintain social distancing while inside each library and please stay at home if you have any coronavirus like symptoms.

The Book and Collect service, where library members can phone their local library to request a selection of books and arrange contactless collection, will continue to operate in all other libraries not included in the first or second phase and will remain in place until such time as the library reopens. 

Revised, temporary hours for each of the libraries reopening, and operational hours for the Book and Collect service (link below) are detailed on our website. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Book and Collect  

We apologise for any inconv​enience caused by the following notices.

Human Resources and Recruitment selection​​

Recruitment Activity Temporarily Restricted Due To Coronavirus (COVID 19) Pandemic

Applicants please note the following important information about on-going recruitment activity.

All recently advertised Libraries NI jobs have now closed for application as per the advertised closing date.  

Recruitment processes currently at shortlisting and interview stages will be subject to delay.  If you have recently submitted an application please be assured that this will remain on file and we will be in touch with you as soon as it is possible to progress the recruitment process.

Due to social distancing measures and the likely unavailability of applicants and panel members, all previously scheduled interviews have now been postponed.  These will be rescheduled as soon as it possible to do so.  If affected, we will be in touch directly to confirm this.

No new jobs will be advertised at this time although this will be kept under continuous review.

If you have not already done so, please create a user and register for job alerts​. You will then be notified as soon as any new jobs meeting your criteria are posted.

• Please refer to the FAQs for Recruitment and Selection​ for further information.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.  Thank you for your patience and understanding at this time.


The Finance team at Libraries NI has worked hard to pay you as quickly as possible during lockdown, and we will do our best to continue to do this as we begin to return to “the new normal”.  

Over the coming months staff will work on a rota basis both at home and in the office, and we ask that where possible you email your invoices to

Suppliers who choose to be paid by cheque will experience delays as cheque signatories will not always be available. To minimise delays in payment, please email to make arrangements for electronic payment. 

If you require and qualify for relief under the provisions of Procurement Guidance Note PGN 01/20 “Supplier Relief Due to COVID-19”, please contact​ at the earliest opportunity.  

If you have any queries relating to payment, please contact us at

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