Rhiwbina Library to become Wellbeing Hub in new proposal

Rhiwbina Library to become Wellbeing Hub in new proposal

Rhiwbina Library will be upgraded to a Wellbeing Hub under plans by Cardiff Council.

Under the proposals, the library will remain on its present site in Pen y Dre, but will be known as a Wellbeing Hub (one of a network of such hubs around the city).

Staff will be ‘upskilled’ to deal with a broader range of enquiries; there will be a small reduction in books, but extra services will visit regularly, including a pop-up dementia cafe.

The Jevons Room and open areas will not be affected.

The recommendations are in a Cabinet Report going to the next Cabinet Meeting on Thursday. Rhiwbina councillor Jayne Cowan, who shared the news on social media last night [Friday 11th May], said the report would almost certainly be approved by the Cabinet.

Local councillors and the community would then be consulted on the changes.

Some 478 public libraries have closed around the UK since 2010, as councils find ways to cope with budget cuts. In some cases they have transferred to third-sector (charity) operators.

The Hub proposal would keep Rhiwbina Library, albeit under a new name, open and in public hands.