07 March 2012>
Since the Hanbury Chapel in Bargoed opened its doors as a library at the end of October, they have seen a 46% increase of books issued to the public compared to the same period last year.
The residents of Bargoed have clearly embraced their new library by borrowing almost 15,000 books in just 4 months.
The historic former chapel has retained its spectacular features but now has all the benefits of a modern library, with facilities including free broadband access on the 20 computers available for public use.
Accessible for all users, the computers are fitted with large key keyboards, adjustable workstations and chairs, and software specifically designed for visually impaired customers.
"The huge increase in book borrowing in the Bargoed library is an encouraging sign that the community have benefitted greatly from the Hanbury Chapel renovation," said Cllr Phil Bevan, Cabinet Member for Education, Lifelong Learning and Education.
Along with the many books on offer, the library offers weekly events, such as the Toddler Time sessions which take place on a Monday and the Knit and Natter meetings on a Friday, as well as opportunities to learn computer skills and research your family history in the County Borough's Centre for Family and Local History. In particular the Get IT Together initiative aims to help older members of the community access the internet and benefit from the things it can offer.
Ian Gilbert, Chair of United Welsh, the organisation which renovated the building added; "These figures are extremely encouraging. When the partnership undertook this unique project our intention was that this multi-functional building would really grab the imagination of the local community and be well used by people of all ages. It is clear that new people are discovering the joy a library brings."
To find out more about the events on offer at the Hanbury Chapel, please call 01443 875548 or email email@example.com.
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