- Posted by: Mike Hedges MS
- Category: Press Releases
MIKE HEDGES WELCOMES PLANS FOR ALL-WALES LIBRARY CARD
The Welsh Labour Government has announced plans for an all-Wales library card, which would allow users to access library services wherever they are in Wales and could save local authorities up to 70% on current spend.
Mike said……. ‘I am pleased with this announcement which when implemented will allow people to use any library in Wales, rather than be stuck with just one local library. It will mean people in rural areas can use libraries in their closest large town even if they live in a different authority and it will also help people who live on the border of different authorities where they have to travel a distance to their nearest library within their home authority, where as there is one nearby in a different one. ‘
A single library card across Wales would mean users could borrow and return books in any library across the country. It would also open up access for people to take advantage of free computer use in libraries no matter where in the country they are and create a national e-books and e-zines service with free seamless downloads.
The plan is a step closer today as the Welsh Government awarded a single-supplier framework contract to SirsiDynix, one of the largest library management system vendors in the world, with customers in 70 countries.
Currently library users can only use public library cards within the local authorities they are registered. The system would provide a new and modern approach, which will benefit customers, for example those who work in a different local authority to which they are registered, and widen choice.
The move could also save local authorities up to 70% on current costs, with all local authorities adopting one single system rather than each having individual ones, as is the current practice.