National Library – Senedd Culture Committee calls for urgent action to secure its financial future
Senedd’s Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee has heard stark
warnings from the National Library of Wales on the serious financial problems
it faces. The Committee is calling on the Welsh Government to urgently to
explain its plan to secure the National Library’s future.
Dafydd Elis-Thomas MS, Deputy
Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism will attend a meeting to discuss funding
for the Library on Thursday 12 November. The National Library’s Chief Executive
and Librarian Pedr ap Llwyd will meet with the Committee on the same day.
National Library has warned that it is in a very risky financial position as a
result of historic underfunding. The Library is also calling for additional
funding to maintain the building to guarantee the safety of staff and visitors
and says that, without it, there is a real possibility of redundancies.
Welsh Government-commissioned an independent review, which concluded that the
library faced a threat to its financial viability. The independent panel
examined the library's activities and its management before the coronavirus
National Library in Aberystwyth is home to the national collection of Welsh
manuscripts, the National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales, and the most
comprehensive collection of paintings and topographical prints in Wales. It is
one of the largest research libraries in the UK and holds over 6.5 million
books and periodicals and the largest collections of archives, portraits, maps
and photographic images in Wales.
Helen Mary Jones MS, Chair of the Culture, Welsh Language and
no question that the National Library is in a very serious situation. We know
that the Library was in a difficult situation before the coronavirus pandemic
due to historic underfunding, and this has only been exacerbated by lockdowns
and restrictions on visitors.
have now seen concerning findings from the independent review, commissioned by
the Welsh Government. We’re calling on the Deputy Minister to attend our
committee to explain what has happened and what the Welsh Government’s plan is
to secure a future for this vital asset.
National Library holds some of our most important history and as an
organisation it has a rich history itself. We must do all we can to protect its
future. That is why we’re urgently calling on the Welsh Government for
the urgency to act, the Committee has reorganised its planned business in order
to discuss this with the Welsh Government and the National Library for Wales on
ap Llwyd, the National Library’s Chief Executive and Librarian, will meet with
the Committee at 9.30, followed by the Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Dafydd
Elis-Thomas MS, at 10.30. The meetings will be streamed live on Senedd TV.