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A public service which is at the heart of communities across Gwynedd has set out its vision which will be its foundation for the next five years.

The Gwynedd library service plan – Living Libraries 2023-2028 – has been approved by the Gwynedd Council’s cabinet and it's looking to ensure the county’s libraries are vibrant spaces where people can learn, create and socialise.

This will include Bala Library.

Adapting with the times and using all mediums available is vital as the service supports people to share information and ideas.

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In addition, helping people to reduce their impact on the fragile environment is front and centre of the activities and services available at Gwynedd libraries.

Cllr Nia Jeffreys, deputy leader of the council and the cabinet member responsible for library services said: “This report is a requirement of the Public Libraries Standards of Wales’ assessment framework and I’m delighted to have a taste of the many services on offer in our libraries within this document.

“It’s fantastic to see how the libraries benefits our communities, for instance over the last year there were more than 29,000 members of Gwynedd Libraries, borrowing more than 186,000 books and downloading nearly 60,000 electronic items. If ever there needs to be proof that libraries are exciting places which remain relevant in the modern era, these figures speak volumes.”

Among the issues highlighted in the report is a delivery Service.

The library service can deliver books and other items for free to the homes of people who cannot reach the library themselves, for whatever reason.

It is possible for people to register and choose items online or by getting in touch with their library over the phone or via e-mail.