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There’s more to libraries than books

Created on 10/01/2012 @ 15:10
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As the New Year begins and many of us are counting the cost of Christmas, Powys County Council has launched a drive to support your local library and use its free and low cost resources in 2012.

The council believes that its libraries across the county can be utilised a lot more by residents by pointing out that there is a lot more to libraries than free books to read.

Kay Thomas from the council’s library service said: “The New Year is an ideal time for people to make positive changes so why not revisit what the library service can offer you. Many people in Wales are shaking off their ‘dusty’ ideas of what a library is and are turning to them as sources of entertainment, learning and information."
Kay points out that low cost CDs, DVDs and talking books are available to hire; while the free broadband and computer access can keep visitors connected. She also highlights other services including the opportunity to create and print CVs, search for employment and fill out job applications.

Throughout 2012, libraries will hold community events including mother and baby sessions, reading groups and children’s story times.

Powys also operates a mobile library service which visits villages and rural areas in all corners of the county in order to make library services available in the community.

Online membership also provides free access to e-books and members can also order and renew books and other resources 24 hours a day through the secure website.

And gthe best thing is that joining the library service is simple and free! To find out more, pop into your local library or visit

Libraries in figures

*       Over 330 public libraries service points in Wales are open 10 hours a week or more
*       Over 14.7 million visits were made to Welsh public libraries in 2009/10 – up 5.4% from 2008/09
*       The number of active borrowers rose to 681,000 – up 5.6% on 2008/09
*       Over 5.2 million books are available to borrow in Welsh public libraries and over 400,000 audio-visual items (CDs, talking books, DVDs, etc)
*       Over 14.4 million books were borrowed from Welsh public libraries in 2009/10
*       Over 980,000 audio-visual loans were made last year in 2009/10
*       There are over 2800 terminals with free internet access in Welsh public libraries
*       Over 2 million enquiries were handled by public libraries in Wales last year
*       Over 2 million hours of free computer use in libraries were made by the public in 2009
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