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Local Library Week

This week (October 9-14) is Local Libraries Week.

From books, CDs, DVDS, free Wifi, there is so much to see and do at libraries across Rhondda Cynon Taf, including the popular Digital Fridays initiative for people in need of low-level digital support and access.

Digital Fridays take place every Friday during term time, from 10am until noon at selected libraries. Please ask at your local branch for further details.

Joining your local library has never been easier – you can now even join online.

Rhondda Cynon Taf currently has 13 libraries, offering something for everyone.

National Libraries Week is the opportunity for the Council to showcase all the creative, innovative and diverse activities on offer at its branches across the County Borough

Cllr Joy Rosser, Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, with responsibility for libraries, said:

“Long gone are the days when libraries were just places to go along to and borrow books.

“There is something for everyone, all ages, on offer at our libraries, from play and learning for children, to accessing free Wifi and computers to help with a wide range of research, to help with job searches, advice on hobbies and starting a business, and so much more.”

Library users are able to borrow up to eight books or audio books at any one time, for a period of 3 weeks. In addition to this, members are able to borrow up to three music items or DVDs.

If the three-week period is not long enough, there is also the opportunity to renew loans online, in person or over the telephone.

During Libraries Week, all RCT libraries have a ‘Fines Amnesty’ for those who have overdue books or unpaid fines on their library accounts. This is the perfect time to return overdue books and clear any pre-existing late fees.

Users will not be charged for any overdue books which get returned between October 9-14.

Please note: The Amnesty only applies to fines on books. The usual overdue charges will apply for CDs/DVDs and for loss or damage to items.

If you have any spare time on your hands, and want to work within a friendly and rewarding environment, volunteer opportunities often arise at libraries across the County Borough. Training is provided.

Volunteering at Council libraries can help boost confidence, help with learning new skills and help boost a CV. For further details ask at your nearest branch.