Brynmill Library replaced by mobile version after 58 years in Swansea neighbourhood

By Culture24 Staff | 02 January 2010
A photo of the inside of a library

Swansea Council has closed Brynmill Library following the release of figures showing half the items ordered at the community facility were issued at the more modern Central Library (above). ©

A community library which served a Swansea neighbourhood for 58 years has closed after officials opted to replace it with a mobile version.

Swansea Council said the decision to close Brynmill Library was informed by a 34% drop in visitor numbers since 2005 and figures showing that half the items ordered there were actually issued at the Central Library in the city's Civic Centre.

"The falling use and poor condition of Brynmill library means it's common sense to close the facility," said Councillor Graham Thomas, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Culture, Recreation and Tourism.

"People who use the library will now get access to more stock at our community mobile service that will travel into their community or they can go to Central Library in the Civic Centre.

"People of all ages across Swansea now have more access to books, CDs, DVDs, free internet and other library services than ever before."

The fortnightly travelling service will visit the Uplands area twice fortnightly, although residents are also being encouraged to visit the Civic Centre, which is a mile away and accessible by bus.

Geraint Davies, Labour MP for Swansea West, said the decision was "the latest absurd result" of a cash shortage for the Liberal Democrat Council.

"The Library has provided a valued service to Uplands families and the community are very unhappy with the idea of a mobile library to replace it," he added.

A public poll on Davies's website saw 85% of voters oppose the introduction of mobile versions in place of community libraries.

Visit Swansea libraries online for more details.

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