February 3, 2022

Original Features Restored in Penarth Library Upgrade

Penarth Library reopened in May 2021 following extensive refurbishment work. Funded jointly by the Vale of Glamorgan Council and Welsh Government, the redecorated ground floor includes new furniture, enquiry desk, carpet and shelving. LED lighting has been installed throughout the building, which has also seen many of its features revived. Some of the finishing touches […]

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January 26, 2022

1921 Census: ‘This history belongs to us all’

The 1921 Census of Wales and England became available online for the first time on 6th January this year. The release is the culmination of a three-year digitisation project carried out by the genealogy company, FindMyPast, on behalf of the UK National Archives. The project saw 28,000 bound volumes of records carefully scanned and transcribed, […]

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January 17, 2022

Statistics reveal surge in usage of Ancestry in 2021

The all-Wales Ancestry statistics for the last two years reveal a growing popularity with accessing family history records as thousands of users across Wales took advantage of the remote availability of the popular resource. In 2021, 2,030,158 searches were carried out in 86,512 sessions by public library users in Wales, compared to 1,036,088 searches in […]

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January 13, 2022

A good book ushers in the winter of wellbeing in public libraries

  Children and young people are urged to nominate the books that make them feel better Today, public libraries are joining Wales’ Winter of Wellbeing initiative by launching a campaign to promote the proven difference reading can make to young people’s lives and the power of public libraries to support them. To celebrate the launch, […]

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December 8, 2021

Ancestry Library Edition Remote Access Ending

In March 2020 libraries around the world had to close their doors due to the global pandemic. ProQuest and Ancestry made the unprecedented decision to grant public libraries temporary remote access to Ancestry Library Edition (ALE) for those who could provide a secure method of authentication. ProQuest and Ancestry happily made this decision to help […]

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November 4, 2021

CILIP Cymru Wales announces the Welsh Library Team of the Year Award winner and finalists

The Estyn Allan training and development programme has been selected as first place in the CILIP Cymru Wales Welsh Library Team of the Year Award. Joint second place was awarded to Coleg Sir Gâr Library Service and the Grŵp Llandrillo Menai Library & Learning Technology Service, and third place to the WHELF (Wales Higher Education […]

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October 11, 2021

Logo Design Competition for Libraries in Wales

Calling all HE Students in Wales! You are invited to create a new logo for the ‘Libraries Wales’ brand, which will complement the redesigned website, and reflect the vital role libraries play in our communities. The libraries.wales website has been created and designed as part of the Welsh Government’s support for libraries. It is a ‘one […]

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October 4, 2021

Taking Action and Changing Lives for Libraries Week 2021

Libraries Week is a week-long celebration of the nation’s much-loved libraries, with a focus in 2021 on supporting active and engaged communities and the central role that libraries play in their community as a driver for inclusion, sustainability, social mobility and community cohesion. Throughout the week, libraries in Wales will be taking action through a […]

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October 3, 2021

Abergavenny’s new Library Facility in the Heart of the Community

Following a £2.5 million investment Abergavenny now benefits from a brand new Library facility, located within a refurbished Grade II listed Town Hall at the heart of this busy market town. The new library opened its doors in September, and has been gladly welcomed by members old and new. The new Library features a brand […]

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