New chapter as libraries prepare for re-opening – Hargey

Date published: 18 May 2021

As libraries prepare to re-open from May 24, Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey visited Libraries NI’s headquarters in Lisburn to see the services the community will be able to enjoy.

New chapter as libraries prepare for re-opening – Hargey
New chapter as libraries prepare for re-opening – Hargey

The Minister said:

“Libraries are a vital resource at the heart of our communities. They are a hub for the community from the youngest to our oldest members with a wide range of traditional and digital services available to support all abilities.



“Libraries have continued to provide crucial services to people, many isolated and vulnerable, during this pandemic and I am pleased that once again people will be able to visit their local library.



“I would encourage you to continue to support your local library, and avail of the wide range of services when libraries reopen their doors to the public on May 24th.”



Minister Hargey was given a tour of the library by Libraries NI Chief Executive Jim O’Hagan.


Commenting on the Minister’s visit, Mr O’Hagan said:

“We are very grateful for the Minister’s visit and we really appreciate her support both for the re-opening of libraries and the work that libraries have been doing throughout lockdown. I know that staff were encouraged and they look forward to welcoming customers back to browsing and using the study space in their local libraries from the 24 May.”

Notes to editors: 

  • Caption: Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey is pictured at Lisburn City Library with Libraries NI Chief Executive Jim O’Hagan
  • The Executive has announced that libraries be permitted to re-open and provide limited in-library services in line with permitted gathering numbers from 24 May, subject to the Executive’s confirmation on 20 May.
  • Restrictions including the use of face coverings will be in place
  • For information on your local library visit
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