New library project pilots in Clonmore

Standing ' Kieran Conlon, Chairperson Clonmore Regeneration Group, Barry Randall, Principal Clintyclay PS, front row, Ailsa McGeown, Clonmore Regeneration Group and Bernie McCann, Libraries NI Area Manager.
Standing ' Kieran Conlon, Chairperson Clonmore Regeneration Group, Barry Randall, Principal Clintyclay PS, front row, Ailsa McGeown, Clonmore Regeneration Group and Bernie McCann, Libraries NI Area Manager.

People living in Clonmore will now be able to use a unique new service to borrow library books.

The ‘Library in a Box’ project, which was launched at the state-of-the-art Community Centre, is a collection of books which can be borrowed, just like in a local public library, using self-issue facilities.

Books will be changed regularly and the service can be tailored to meet local needs and interests.

Libraries NI, in partnership with the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD), is piloting this new approach to service provision in rural areas to supplement existing services and to improve access to books and reading in three venues - Clonmore, Eskra Community Centre and Trillick Post Office.

The pilot service will run for a period of twelve months initially.

Helen Osborn, Director of Library Services with Libraries NI, explains:

“The Library in a Box initiative aims to bring a taster of library services into the heart of our rural communities by giving us the opportunity to improve access to books and reading and to supplement our network of local public and mobile libraries.

“It is a great opportunity to work with organisations that already have good community links and enable us to work together to provide an additional service in a rural community.”

Library in a Box will improve access to books and reading for Clonmore residents and it is hoped that the service will attract more people to the new venue of Clonmore Community Centre.

If you would like to find out more, visit the Libraries NI website www.librariesni.org.uk