Dyffryn Ogwen Community Library - Partneriaeth Ogwen takes on responsibility
Following detailed discussions, the social enterprise Partneriaeth Ogwen has taken over responsibility for maintaining the library building in Bethesda, with Gwynedd Council continuing to staff the library.
The decision follows a period of consultation and discussion between Partneriaeth Ogwen and Gwynedd Council, along with the three local community councils. It follows the Council’s decision to deliver savings in the Library Service budget as a result of the financial cuts the Council receives from the government to provide local services.
The partnership, which works for the benefit of the economy, society and communities of Dyffryn Ogwen, has agreed to sign a three year lease on the library building. Partneriaeth Ogwen will be responsible for maintaining and the upkeep of the building, with Gwynedd Council continuing to run the library service from the building. The library opening times will be unchanged.
Dafydd Meurig, Chairman of Partneriaeth Ogwen said: “In a period of cuts on a county level, it is wonderful to see a creative collaboration on a community level ensuring that the Library building continues to be a resource for the community in Dyffryn Ogwen.
“Partneriaeth Ogwen is grateful to Gwynedd Council and also to the three community councils for their support in this venture and we look forward to developing the building and to increase its use.”
Councillor Craig ab Iago, Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member who leads on libraries said: “I’m very glad that we have been able to collaborate with Partneriaeth Ogwen to ensure that the library service continues in the Bethesda area.
“Despite the fact that the money available to the Council to run services directly is being reduced by the government, this agreement in Dyffryn Ogwen is an example in how we can come up with a creative solution by working with communities.
“I’m thankful to Partneriaeth Ogwen for their enthusiasm and their commitment on behalf of the local community – I wish the venture all the best, and hope it shows how we can continue to provide services that are important to communities in Gwynedd in a period when there is less public money available.”
The arrangements in Bethesda follow a similar agreement with Nefyn Town Council who are now responsible for maintaining the Nefyn Library building.
Partneriaeth Ogwen intends to increase the use of the library building and they are keen to discuss with any person or group who have ideas about making the most of the space. The room where the children’s library used to be is now available to hire for community use.
Anybody who is interested in booking a room should contact Meleri Davies, Partneriaeth Ogwen Principal Officer on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01248 602131.
Further details about Bethesda Library, including opening times, are available from www.gwynedd.llyw.cymru/library
1: Dyffryn Ogwen Community Library – Dafydd Meurig, Partneriaeth Ogwen Chairman; Nia Gruffydd, Gwynedd Council Libraries Manager; Susan Jones, Dyffryn Ogwen Community Library Assistant in Charge; Meleri Davies, Partneriaeth Ogwen Principal Officer; Einir Williams, Bethesda Community Council and Geraint Hughes, Llanllechid Community Council
3: Dyffryn Ogwen Community Library