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Library Services: Rural Areas

Part of CULTURE, ARTS AND LEISURe – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:30 am on 13th October 2008.

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Photo of Gregory Campbell Gregory Campbell Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions) 3:30 am, 13th October 2008

In November 2005, my Department under­took an extensive consultation exercise that included the views of the rural community. Those views were recognised and incorporated into the resulting policy framework. The boards are responsible for delivering public library services in line with public libraries policy, which includes engaging with rural communities on local service priorities. Local engagement is ongoing within the boards and will continue when the Northern Ireland library authority is created.

The Carnegie Library redevelopment in Bangor is almost complete, and the building should open to the public next month. The £2·7 million investment in the Ward Park facility is one of a number of projects that will modernise and improve the public library estate.