Appointment of Councillor Members to the Board of Libraries NI

Date published: 01 September 2022

The Minister for the Department is seeking to appoint three new Councillor Members to the Board of Libraries NI who have a keen interest in the modern library service and a strong desire to contribute to its leadership and oversight.

Please note that this competition is only open to Councillors currently serving on a local district council.

The primary duty of Libraries NI is to provide a comprehensive and efficient public library service for persons living, working or studying in Northern Ireland. 

Libraries are community hubs that provide free, inclusive, shared, accessible and trusted spaces. They are embedded in communities and used by people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds. With 89% of the population living within two miles of a branch library or mobile library stop, there is tremendous potential for libraries to provide local access to, and support for, a range of citizen-focused services. 


Applications are welcome from a wide range of people who have an interest in public service, including those who are looking for an opportunity to use their skills and experience. We would particularly welcome applications from women, people with a disability, young people and people from minority ethnic groups for these positions. A Guaranteed Interview Scheme is in place for those applicants with a disability. You do not need to have previous experience of serving on a board to apply.

Further information on the competition including the criteria for the positions can be found in the Candidate Information Booklet.

The closing date is 12 noon on Monday 3 October 2022. Late applications will not be considered.

How to apply

Due to working from home protocols, the office is not manned at all times so we would request that you please send:

  • a completed application form and
  • equal opportunities monitoring form

via e-mail to

If you are unable to return your completed forms via e-mail, and wish to either post or hand-deliver them, grateful if you could advise the Department via the above e-mail address in advance or call (028) 90 819 417. The office address is:

Public Appointments
Governance Unit
Department for Communities
Level 5
NINE Lanyon Place

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