Swansea Council has reneged on former promises to maintain the only library left on Gower. It seems that the decision to close Pennard Library was made without proper consultation.
Friends of Pennard Library (FoPL) was close to achieving the rebuild of Pennard Library, which was threatened with closure in November 2013. FoPL was working in partnership with the City and County of Swansea to create a community hub and generate an income from: a café; a large community exhibition space; and an IT area – which would have Continue reading →
The City and County of Swansea’s External Funding Panel was due to meet on 11th September – this was an important meeting for us, as we were hoping for the final go-ahead to rebuild Pennard Library…
The meeting never took place due to a cabinet reshuffle.
Since then, Friends of Pennard Library has been emailing, phoning and trying to speak with the new leader, Rob Stewart, and the new Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Councillor Robert Francis-Davies – in order to obtain this increasingly elusive “go-ahead”. Continue reading →
The National Library of Wales has been awarded more than £320,000 to develop its online services as part of a £2.2m package for libraries and museums around Wales.
The money will benefit two schemes at the National Library in Aberystwyth.
A further £1m will help modernise nine libraries elsewhere.
A mobile library service in Ceredigion and a project which involves making archives more accessible has also won funding.
The £321,000 National Library of Wales grant will be used to deliver and provide online resources including newspapers, the Welshlibraries.org portal and a cross-catalogue search facility.
Libraries to be modernised
Llandrindod Wells, Powys: £180,000
Pontardawe, Neath Port Talbot: £171,394
Llantwit Major, Vale of Glamorgan: £120,000
Aberfan, near Merthyr £120,000
Pennard, Swansea: £118,585
Ceredigion (mobile): £90,410
Ely, Cardiff (Jasmine Centre): £80.000
Grangetown, Cardiff: £80,000
Pembroke Dock: £24,300
Source: Welsh government
It will also facilitate the Aberystwyth-based institution to buy online family history resources for libraries, archives and accredited museums.
The library’s chief executive and librarian, Aled Gruffydd Jones, said: “Additional funding such as this will allow for the continued enhancement of the library’s key services enabling future users in Wales from all walks of life to enjoy improved forms of access to publicly-funded information and knowledge.”
Nearly £1m will also be used to modernise nine libraries across Wales.