A funding grant of £250,000 has been awarded to Aneurin Leisure to complete the refurbishment of Ebbw Vale Library
A funding grant of £250,000 has been awarded to Aneurin Leisure to complete the refurbishment of Ebbw Vale Library.
The new internal refurbishment will include a new IT suite, soft furnishings, seating and shelving.
'This is exciting news for library services in
The Welsh Government grant is part of its Community Learning Library Capital Development Programme, which aims to establish libraries as community hubs, where customers can access a range of services as well as using the library in more traditional ways.
This latest round of funding was announced on Friday by Ken Skates, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, and will be used to provide disabled access between the floors at the library and a complete internal refit.
It comes after the first round of improvements to the library which focussed on improving the access to the building, thanks to the Welsh European Funding Office Convergence Programme.
'A fully refurbished library at Ebbw Vale will play a vital role in supporting the community'
As the building renovation continues, the library will remain closed with the temporary library in Ebbw Vale Learning Action Centre, in James Street, continuing to serve customers who want to borrow and return a smaller selection of books, as well as access free wifi and a limited number of computer notebooks and iPads, until the library reopens.
Tracy Jones, library services manager, said: “This is exciting news for library services in Blaenau Gwent. A fully refurbished library at Ebbw Vale will play a vital role in supporting the community.
'It will also enable us to transform the library, making it relevant to the community today, having a huge potential to change lives'
“It will provide a valuable, multi-purpose community space, with something for everyone. It will also enable us to transform the library, making it relevant to the community today, having a huge potential to change lives.”
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A spokesperson for Aneurin Leisure said: “There is no fixed time frame for the work to be started at the moment as the funding has only just been announced and will have to be followed by a tendering process in order to select a contractor to carry out the work.
“The grant does not cover the purchase of books, but we will be looking at purchasing new stock for the library.”