Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure

Northern Ireland Library Authority

As a result of the Review of Public Administration, arrangements for the administration of the public library service changed on 1 April 2009.  Since then responsibility for the management and delivery of the library service transferred from the Education and Library Boards to a new regional public body, the Northern Ireland Library Authority (Known as Libraries NI).  Legislation to bring in these changes - the Libraries Act (NI) 2008 - was passed by the Assembly in May 2008.

This decision creates a single library service for all Northern Ireland, and streamlines its delivery through a separate body focusing solely on libraries.  The Library Authority will work to develop the best quality library service within the budget and policy guidelines provided by the Department.  In doing so it will seek to ensure equity of provision across Northern Ireland, developing quality through the transmission of best practice to meet the needs of its wide range of customers.

Libraries NI is based at:

Lisburn City Library
23 Linenhall Street
BT28 1FJ

Telephone 028 9260 6750.

Related Links


Click here for the Northern Ireland Digital Register

Click here for Museums Policy for Northern Ireland - summary of consultation responses

Click here for Museums Policy document