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Saturday Closure from 1 October – 30 March 2019

Reminder that the Linen Hall Library will be closing on Saturdays from 1 October 2018 to 30 March 2019.

A number of unforeseeable circumstances have converged that have forced us to take a very hard look at how we operate. These include the recession which still significantly affects financial resources available, the substantial increase in competition for residents’ and visitors’ attention, and the changing face of libraries in general which have all had to embrace modernity in one way or another in order to survive. This is in addition to the announcement earlier this year that the Arts Council of Northern Ireland has pulled funding for our cultural programme of events (approximately £25,000).

The Library undertook a number of financial feasibility studies and Saturday closure was flagged up as the most economically viable option for the time being. We did look into every conceivable configuration.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. We will review the situation in March 2019.

Thank you.