THE doors were closed for the last time on Moy Library last weekend, as staff at the building, which had been such a valued part of the local community over generations, bid a final farewell.
In October of last year, Libraries NI completed its evaluation of 77 libraries across Northern Ireland, and confirmed that Moy was one of several locations deemed to be “not fit for purpose or sustainable”.
Members of the public, along with politicians and school children, had campaigned strongly to keep the library open, with the principal of St John’s PS in the village describing the final decision as “short sightedness”.
However, on Saturday, March 31, the library closed permanently, with Libraries NI announcing arrangements for alternative provision in the area.
From Thursday, April 5, a mobile library will stop fortnightly at Moy Square, from 1pm to 6pm.
This mobile stop day and time was decided as a result of consultation with people in the area, according to a Libraries NI spokesperson.
“It was agreed that Thursdays from 1pm - 6pm was the most suitable time for the majority of library users so the mobile will stop in Moy every second Thursday”, added the spokeswoman.
Alternative libraries nearby include: Dungannon Library (36 Market Street), Telephone no: 028 8772 2952, email: email@example.com; Armagh City Library (2 Market Street), Telephone no: 028 3752 4072, email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Coalisland Library (2 - 4 Lineside, The Cornmill), Telephone no: 028 8774 0569, email: email@example.com
Moy Library staff members have both been relocated to other libraries.
Library members can also borrow from and return items to any library in Northern Ireland and staff in all libraries will be “happy to help”.
Items can be renewed online at www.librariesni.org.uk with your library membership card and PIN number, which is available from library staff.