Lisnaskea’s new £1.2m library safe from cuts

Lisnaskea Library

The construction of Lisnaskea library is currently underway and due for completion in early 2015

BUSINESSES in Lisnaskea have welcomed the news that construction of a £1,277,000 new library in the town will not be affected by fresh cuts in the budget of Libraries NI.

Its spokesman said this week that Libraries NI is required to save at least 4.4% of its budget (£1.4 million) in-year by March, 2015.


Asked about the position of the new library, she said the capital budget for Lisnaskea is a project specific earmarked allocation and as such is not impacted by any savings delivery plans.

Completion is scheduled for mid- February next year.

Nina Kelly-Kleine, the marketing manager of the Donn Carragh Hotel commented: “It’s absolutely fabulous that Lisnaskea is getting a new library in the first place, and now that it’s safe, is more good news.

“Apart from lending books and so on, the library offers a great service for parents with young children.”

But, the cuts may well impact on services like these.

The spokesman for Libraries NI, in a statement, said vacancies may not be filled and agency cover will be reviewed.

She commented: “This is a regrettable course of action as agency staff have provided a valuable service. Further in-year savings have not been ruled out, and immediate steps have had to be taken to deliver the cuts.


“A number of savings measures will be implemented, including cuts to the staffing budget.

“Further measures, regrettably, will have to include a review of branch opening hours. This process will take place during October, and it is anticipated that planned temporary changes will be implemented from 1 November onwards.”

In the interim, she added, there may be temporary ad hoc reductions in opening hours in many areas.

“The aim will be to minimise disruption whilst protecting core library services. We will make every effort to inform customers of changes to opening hours in advance.”

Irene Knox, Libraries NI chief executive stated that, since its formation in 2009, Libraries NI had made significant efficiency savings.

“As a result, there are limited options available for the organisation to save further money. However, we remain committed to providing high quality services supported by skilled, experienced staff.”

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