The main focus of the funding will be to support museums, archives and libraries to widen access to their services and increase participation in culture, particularly for people living in some of Wales’s most deprived areas, so that more people can benefit from the varied services they offer.
The funding includes £1million to modernise six community libraries in Bala, Brecon, Cardiff, Haverfordwest, Holywell, and Merthyr Tydfil, It will be used to establish the libraries as new community hubs, where customers can access a range of other services such as housing or leisure facilities, as well as an extensive range of library amenities. It will help them to improve their services and attract new users.
The remaining funding will go towards broadening the digital offer of museums, archives and libraries – including expanding the National Digital Library Service, which allows customers to access a free e-books and e-zines service, as well as free audio books and free reference sources, wherever and whenever they want.
It will also support archive services across Wales to address the challenges of preserving Wales's digital heritage.
Further information about the individual funded library projects can be found in the full press release opposite.