Ní Chuilín opens refurbished Newry City Library
Libraries Minister, Carál Ní Chuilín today officially opened the refurbished Newry City Library after a £320,000 investment by her Department. The refurbishment has allowed for increased space across three floors with a new community meeting room, exhibition space as well as access to a wider range of books, DVDs and newspapers.
At the opening Children from Bunscoil an Iuir performed traditional Irish music and dance and the U3A Gentlemen Singers performed a medley of songs.
Speaking at the revamped library, the Minister outlined her vision for the future of library services. She said: “A modern library must meet the needs of the 21st century and should offer a flexible and responsive service. It should provide a vibrant, dynamic focal point in the community, but most importantly, it must assist and encourage people in fulfilling their potential. I am proud to say that Newry Library fits this bill.”
“This investment of £320,000 is an endorsement of our public library service and enables the vision for a modern library service to be delivered for all people in this community.”
She added, “This impressive and much needed refurbishment has revitalized this library and will enable Libraries NI staff to provide a hub for reading, culture, heritage, information and learning in the Newry area.”
The official re-opening is being celebrated with a long weekend series of events showcasing library programmes and resources. More information is available from www.libraries ni.org
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