Here’s a guest post on the new digital floor at Cardiff Central library, from my colleague Jemma Francis.
There was a buzz in Cardiff city centre last Thursday (30th July 2015) with the re-opening of the revamped Cardiff Central Library. I was invited to the launch event and joined the tour which took us around the new council services advice hub and the state-of-the-art digital floor that have been developed at the library.
The Welsh Government (through MALD) provided a grant to Cardiff Council to part fund the refurbishment. They are one of the grant recipients in 2015-16 of the Community Learning Library Programme which is a £1 million investment by the Welsh Government to modernise public libraries in Wales .
The new digital floor has some terrific features including a tablet bar, digital wall, digital creative suite, children’s media zone and a gaming area. Oh and a 3D printer! This might be the first one in a Welsh public library – please let us know if there are others.
I enjoyed talking to colleagues from various agencies at the launch event and it was exciting hearing about their plans to use the new digital floor to run coding clubs and other digital inclusion activities. There will also be gaming tournaments for children and young people to get involved in.
What really came across at the event for me was the enthusiasm of the library staff for the fantastic opportunities this new digital technology will create for learning and creativity. I can’t wait to see what they’re planning next!
The new council hub at the library delivers co-location of council services, enabling Cardiff residents to access several services in a single city- centre location.