COVID-19 / Service Updates

Libraries NI website will be unavailable 10:00pm - 11:30pm on Monday 20 September
The Libraries NI website will be unavailable on from 10:00pm until 11:30pm on Monday 20 September in order to facilitate scheduled updates. The Libraries NI app will also be affected. However, during this period the online Catalogue will remain accessible as well as eBooks and eAudiobooks which can be accessed via the Libby and BorrowBox apps. eMagazines and eNewspapers will still be accessible via the Libby App. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Library Opening Hours and Services

Libraries NI is pleased to announce that public libraries across Northern Ireland are taking the next steps to reintroduce services and increase opening hours, including late nights and Saturdays, from the 6 September.
Please note Carrickfergus, Cregagh, Killyleagh and Lurgan libraries will offer late night and Saturday opening hours at a later date. Updates will be posted here when available.

A number of services are being reinstated including the reintroduction of hard copy newspapers, the return of soft seating and study space without time restriction and the eagerly awaited start of activities for children and adults in many local libraries with appropriate restrictions on numbers attending to ensure social distancing.

To make everyone’s visit as comfortable as possible, customers are asked to use the hand sanitiser provided, wear a face covering and maintain a suitable social distance during your time inside the library.
The Book and Collect Service will continue to operate in all libraries. This service is also supported by Libraries NI’s popular online resources providing free access to eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines and eNewspapers.

eBook and eAudiobook Service
We have expanded our eBook and eAudiobook service with the addition of BorrowBox! Customers can make the most of a wide selection of titles available by downloading both the Libby and BorrowBox apps to your preferred electronic device. More info

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

- Due to COVID-19, all mobile library services have stopped.

- Omagh Library is temporarily closed due to an unforeseen problem with the power supply. Please check back here for an update on when the Library will reopen. In the meantime customers can use nearby libraries including FintonaNewtownstewart and Castlederg

- Lisnaskea Library's Out of Hours Service is temporarily unavailable from Thursday 16 September due to a technical fault and this will be fixed in the coming days. Please check back here for updates. NOTE that the Library remains open for normal opening hours.

- Ballyhackamore Library will close from Monday 20 September for essential maintenance, reopening on Monday 8 November. Remember you can use our eServices and renew you books online. The nearest alternative public libraries are:

Tullycarnet Library
Kinross Avenue
Kings Road, Belfast

Holywood Arches Library
4 - 12 Holywood Road

- Portstewart Library​ is temporarily closed due to unforeseen circumstances. Please use either Portrush Library or Coleraine Library​​.

- The Irish and Local Studies Library, Armagh, is currently closed.  ​