Welsh libraries to receive £1m boost

Welsh libraries to receive £1m boost

A group of libraries in Wales is set to receive a boost of £1m to help modernise their aging facilities.

Canton Library in Cardiff, Morriston Library in Swansea, and libraries in Cwmbran, Bridgend, Newtown and Haverfordwest are all set to benefit from the capital funding earmarked by the Welsh Assembly Government.

A further £1m will be spend on broader schemes to encourage more public involvement with museums, libraries and archive services throughout Wales, as well as projects to digitise archives and make them available online.

In particular, Wrexham Library Service will be given £230,000 to co-ordinate all-Wales campaigns designed to encourage community interest.

The Welsh Government’s Culture and Sport Minister John Griffiths told the BBC: "Our museums, archives and libraries provide free or low cost access to a wealth of resources and activities that can make a real difference in improving people's lives, especially families on low incomes.

"These grants will create modern, dynamic cultural and educational hubs in our communities for all to enjoy."

However, some areas in Wales have been cutting back on library resources, with Newport Council making the decision last month to close Stow Hill Library, while others in the are will see their opening hours change. A group of volunteers are hoping to keep Stow Hill open.