Library officially opens at new ‘shared site’

Llandrindod Wells’ library has officially opened at its new ‘shared site’, Powys County Council has announced.

The new venue at the Gwalia building was officially opened on National Libraries Day (Saturday 7 February), replacing the site on Beaufort Road which closed earlier this month. As part of the official opening, celebrations were spread over two days.

Acclaimed children’s author Anthony McGowan visited the library’s new location on Friday 6 February to talk about his books, one of which is being made into a film.  He also answered questions about his work from local primary and secondary school pupils. Cllr Graham Brown, Cabinet Member for Library Services, said:

“This is an exciting time for the new branch library in Llandrindod Wells, bringing more space an improved building for its library members and the wider community. “The ‘new’ library has some elegant features and the light and airy rooms have created a great reading and study space for borrowers of all ages to use.  It really is an asset that the town can be proud of and places the library at the heart of the community. “We are grateful to the Welsh Government for the grant funding which has made this possible.”

The council was successful in attracting £180,000 from to CyMAL (Council for Museums Archives Libraries Wales) to help fund the £200,000 project. Ken Skates, the Welsh Government’s Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, said:

““I am delighted that we have been able to support the redevelopment of the new Llandrindod library with £180,000 of funding. Libraries make a real difference to people’s lives and our communities, they offer something to people of all ages, from introducing youngsters to the joy of books and reading to helping older people develop digital skills. “This new library is an example of how we are shaking off the old image of libraries and making them more accessible to the whole community. With bright, welcoming space, improved disabled access, improved IT facilities, activities for young people, free digital downloads and co-location with other council service, we are investing in a quality community hub. It’s no wonder Wales is bucking the UK trend with an almost 5% increase in active borrowers.”

Residents came alone to see what the new library had to offer and joined in the activities that celebrated the opening. Kay Thomas, the council’s Principal Librarian, said: “The opening and activities provided a great opportunity to show the town’s residents that the library has a place in the past and in the future while celebrating its rich heritage and resources and encourage people to take advantage of its new technology. “We are encouraging the public to pop along and see the new library for themselves.”