Library Let-Down

It has taken Cardiff’s Labour-run Council 16 months to find a temporary replacement for Roath Library, which was closed in
November 2014.But now local residents have branded the replacement, based in the Cardiff Royal Infirmary, a disgrace.

And it’s no wonder why:

  • Roath Library had a stock of 18,000 books - this has 575.
  • Roath Library had full time librarians to help residents - this has none.
  • Roath Library had 14 computers for people to use - this has none.

Nowhere for families

Local campaigner Eluned Parrott is backing residents in their fight for better facilities.

She said: “Residents of Adamsdown and Roath have waited 16 months for replacement library services, and the best
the council can come up with is this.

“There are very few books, and very little room. Roath Library was very popular with families helping their children learn to read. It would be impossible to do this in this temporary library.

“For a start there is very little selection and there is nowhere for families to sit when they have chosen a book.

“Roath Library was also very popular with people using the computers to look for work. To not have such facilities in a library serving one of the most deprived areas of Cardiff is quite frankly a disgrace.

“Labour promised to keep libraries in Cardiff open. They should keep to their word and carry out the repairs needed so that Roath Library can reopen as soon as possible.”

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