I went into my library last week to pick up a couple of books that I had on hold (because my TBR pile isn’t quite large enough…) and the staff there told me that the library would be closing (cue dramatic intake of breath) for refurbishment for a little while (and breathe again).
I actually think we’re pretty lucky with the library system in Swansea. There are a number of libraries across the city, and I can use my card to take books out and return them to any library. That’s good to know–if I happen to be passing a library and need a book fix, I’m not limited.
Swansea Central library is amazing, and has a huge selection of books. It is right on the sea front and has a study area overlooking Swansea Bay on the first floor. I sometimes go there for a change of scenery when I want to write (read: people watch), which I’ve mentioned before on my blog (anyone remember the cheese-eating man?).
My local library is in walking distance, which is even better. There’s always a lot of people in there too, using the computers or browsing the books. So whilst it’s not ideal for it to be closed from the end of August to the beginning of February, I can only imagine how beautiful it will be when it has had its makeover. Apparently they’re redoing the wiring, adding wi-fi, and changing the layout slightly.
When the man in the library sounded very apologetic about the length of the closure, I said to him that its being refurbished is a very positive sign. Better that than a permanent closure. No one is going to refurbish a library they’re about to close, are they?
With a couple of other libraries nearby being renovated in the past year or two, I’d say the library system in Swansea is in good shape. And with more than 200 libraries being closed in the UK in 2012, that can only be a good thing, right?
Do you have a local library? Do you love yours as much as I love mine? (I doubt it… :-D)