The state-of-the-art building, situated in Railway Street, opened its door to the public in February 2010 and since then has attracted over 2,000 new members. The purpose-built library features an interactive learning centre, a self-issue facility, plasma information screens, an exhibition space, a 100 seater community meetings room with kitchen facilities, facilities for a café and a reading garden.
The learning centre has 25 computers providing free access to the internet, a dedicated study area and data projection and whiteboard equipment to facilitate delivering courses. The learning centre and the community meetings room are both used regularly by various groups and customers from the local community.
The Minister received a tour of the new facility and guests were entertained with songs and poetry readings by children from Antrim Primary School and St Comgall’s Primary School. A Musical Quartet from Antrim Grammar School provided background music throughout the event.
Speaking at the Opening Ceremony, the Minister said:
“A modern library must meet the needs of 21st century. It should offer a flexible and responsive service. It should provide a vibrant, dynamic focal point in the community. But, most importantly, it must assist and encourage people in fulfilling their potential. Antrim Library can proudly say it fits that bill and has come about through a £2.8m investment by the Northern Ireland Executive."