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National Digital Library Service for Wales

28 April 2015

The National Library of Wales has been awarded a £255,000 grant from the Welsh Government to lead on the development of the National Digital Library Service for Wales. The announcement was made last week (April 17) by Ken Skates, the Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism.

The funding will allow the National Library to work in partnership with other Welsh libraries to provide people across Wales with free access to a wide range of online content including family history resources, newspapers and general reference material. The partnership will also provide free online remote access to e-books and e-magazines.

The all-Wales library portal is a central part of the Digital Library Service and provides information about what’s available and what’s on at local libraries throughout Wales. The ‘Find a Book’ service on this website searches all the library catalogues in Wales with a single search

Dr Aled Gruffydd Jones, the Chief Executive and Librarian of the National Library of Wales commented on the importance of the Digital Library Service for the people of Wales:
“I am delighted that the National Library is leading on this vital piece of work. Widening access to provide free online use will ensure that more people enjoy the rich and diverse collections available from libraries”

The funding is part of a £2.7 million package for museums, archives and libraries across Wales from the Welsh Government, helping them to deliver the recommendations made in Baroness Andrews’ report on culture and poverty.

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