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 today, 6 September 2021.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.Everyone is welcome to come in to browse and borrow books, use the free computers with internet access, avail of the printing and studying facilities or to simply log on to Wi-Fi. The Book and Collect Service will continue to operate in all libraries along with our popular online resources providing free access to eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines and eNewspapers.Libraries NI Chief Executive Jim O’Hagan said;“We are delighted to be increasing opening hours and reintroducing a range of services and activities which we know are eagerly awaited by customers.“Customer and staff safety continues to be our top priority and we are therefore asking customers to continue to adhere to the measures that remain in place, including using the hand sanitiser provided, wearing a face covering and maintaining a suitable social distance during your time inside the library. We are looking forward to a gradual return to programming over the coming weeks so keep an eye on our website to find out when activities are starting back in your local branch.”We look forward to welcoming customers back into libraries and please visit www.librariesni.org.uk for full information on opening hours, events and services available in your local library.
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