Building for a fine future in Aberystwyth
The National Library of Wales is facing an enterprising new period in its history with the development of an exciting project entitled The Visitor Experience. With an input of £2.4m from the Heritage Lottery Fund, a contribution of £1.9m from The National Library's own funds, the new project is poised to enhance existing services and fascilities for the benefit of all readers, staff and visitors in the prestigious institution.
A treasure-house of international status, The National Library of Wales holds a wealth of archives, manuscripts and books, paintings, maps, films, tapes and photographs. The National Library holds Legal Deposit status which enables it to claim a copy of all uk-published material, thereby making it the only library of its kind in Wales, and only one of five such institutions in the whole of the UK. It is recognized as the leading research centre for Welsh and Celtic studies, and all material pertaining to Wales.
The new facilities opening later this year will include a delightful new restaurant, a shop and a multi-purpose education area and, following soon after, a purpose-built auditorium, exhibition area and conference centre. A new ground floor entrance to the Library will provide improved access, especially for disabled persons
In February 2002, working to a design by architects James Jenkins, Aberystwyth, contractors WRW Construction Ltd, of Llanelli, embarked on a redevelopment of this landmark Grade II Listed Building built in 1916. WRW Construction Managing Director Robert Williams said, "Refurbishment and development work of the nature of this project enables us to provide contempory fascilities and retain the integrity of the historic building. We enjoy that kind of challenge."