As a result of the savings required by the Draft Budget for 2015/16 the Board of Libraries NI has agreed reluctantly to review library opening hours across Northern Ireland - including Ballycastle Library.
The Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure has provided a measure of protection to the library sector in the Draft Budget 2015/16 which means there will be no library closures but opening hours in a number of libraries may be reduced or will operate with a different pattern. A public consultation on the proposed revised opening hours will take place from 18 February 2015 to 17 April 2015. The proposals would see Ballycastle Library’s opening hours being reduced from 37.5 hours to 35. Survey questionnaires on www.librariesni.org.uk.