9 April 2014
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.