Cash Boost for Port Talbot Library

27 June 2011

A major new refurbishment for Port Talbot library has been given the green light.

Councillor Alun Thomas

Neath Port Talbot Council has been successful in securing a £296,000 grant from the Welsh Government's Libraries for Life programme for the biggest library refurbishment carried out in Neath Port Talbot.

Work is due to start towards the end of the year and is expected to last for six weeks. During this time a temporary mobile library will be in place.

Originally opened in the Aberavon Shopping Centre in 1998, the library has become a focal point in Port Talbot. Last year, over 125,000 visitors came through the doors to take advantage of the wide range of services and facilities the library offers.

These include high quality broadband with free internet access, an extensive stock of books, DVDs and CDs as well as a children's song and rhyme time group. Reading groups also meet here regularly and have become extremely popular.

The new look library will have a modern layout with upgraded fixtures and fittings. It will boast more ICT facilities, a video conferencing suite and meeting rooms together with a wider ranging stock of books.

Council Leader, Ali Thomas, said, "Thanks to Welsh Government funding we are able to revitalise this main library making it more welcoming for customers and offering many new features.

"Port Talbot is the latest library to benefit from a refurbishment following Neath, Sandfields, Cwmafan and Glynneath.

"This is a significant project and will be an invaluable community resource in Port Talbot as a centre for education, culture, lifelong learning and leisure."

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