Sometimes it can be hard to find information about the different library sectors in Wales, different partnerships, regional groups etc, so I’ve tried to pull together some of the things you may find useful.
Libraries in Wales
- National Library of Wales (in Aberystwyth)
- 22 public library services
- 10 higher education institution library services
- 13 further education college library services
- 5 prison libraries (run by public library services)
- c.30 health library services
- school libraries (see below)
- workplace and specialist libraries
Regional library inter-library lending schemes
The Welsh Government is funding several regional cross-sector schemes that are improving access to resources. In north Wales there is LINC y Gogledd and in south Wales the Books4U scheme is in operation. In south west and mid Wales the SWAMP passport (Libraries Together) entitles library users to physically visit, join, and borrow from other libraries in the region.
These schemes use Cat Cymru (Find a Book), the all-Wales searchable library catalogue to help users find and request items.
The UK School Library Association is a good place to start if you are a school librarian, plus they have branches around the country including South East Wales and South West Wales. The SW Wales branch has its own website. There is also some information on Welsh school libraries within a CILIP report on school libraries (see the appendix from 2010) based on survey responses.