The plans for Pencoed Library, which will close later in the autumn and reopen in early 2023 for its 50th anniversary year, include:

  • Updating static, old furniture with more mobile options so that the space can be used more flexibly for activities and events.
  • Creating a work/study space to support those working remotely or those who need quiet areas to concentrate on their school or studies.
  • Building a community meeting room for local groups and support services to use.

Richard Hughes, Chief Executive of Awen Cultural Trust, said:

“Pencoed Library is serving a growing population of over 12,000 people, but its existing layout has remained more-or-less the same for 49 years. We are grateful to the Welsh Government for their funding, which will allow us to make modifications and freshen up the space for the benefit of the whole community. As part of Awen’s commitment to tackling climate change and reducing our reliance on fossil fuels for energy, we are pleased to use this refurbishment opportunity to install solar panels on the roof at Pencoed Library.”

Announcing the funding, Deputy Minister for Arts and Sport, Dawn Bowden said:

“The Welsh Government remains committed to supporting these important services that fulfil a valuable role at the heart of community life. This fund will widen access for our communities, promote cultural engagement, provide learning opportunities and support community cohesion, sustainability and prosperity. I encourage everyone to see what their local museum, archive or library has to offer.”

Cllr Rhys Goode, Cabinet Member for Wellbeing and Future Generations, said: “This grant is fantastic news for Pencoed and the surrounding area. Libraries play an incredibly important part in our communities, for people of all ages and backgrounds.

“Our successful partnership with Awen will help us to create modern spaces that provide people with the services they most need, such as remote working areas, as well as welcoming spaces to read, work and socialise within the local community.”