The library is situated off Cowbridge High Street, behind Old Hall and next to the Health Centre.
The library is all on one level. There are automatic entrance doors and disabled toilet facilities. A hearing loop is installed at the counter. Additional facilities include an adapted computer, a Smartview magnifier and a scanner that will play back the printed word.
What we've got to offer
We provide a wide range of books for people of all ages. In addition to books we have music CDs, DVDs, books on tape and jigsaws. We also have a large print collection.
The Children's Library is very popular and we also have a Teenage area with a small study section. We have recently added a collection of material aimed at people in the deaf community, with a collection of signed videos for the children.
Other facilities include a fax service and a photocopier.
We have 11 computers for public use with free access to the Internet, Microsoft Office and a scanner. Free 'taster' sessions run throughout the year.
Storytime for the under-fives is held from 2 – 2.30pm every Wednesday during term time. For older children, craft and other activities are held during the holidays.
Tel: (01446) 773941
Fax: (01446) 771353
The library is situated in King Sqaure in Barry. Most buses travelling through or round Barry stop outside the main entrance on Ty Newydd Rd
The library is all on two floors. There are automatic entrance doors, a lift and disabled toilet facilities. A hearing loop is installed at each counter. Additional facilities include Zoomtext installed on a number of computers, an adapted computer, a Smartview magnifier and a scanner that will play back the printed word.
What we've got to offer
The first new county library in Wales for more than ten years opened in Barry on 4th January 2007. Modern, colourful and welcoming the two-floor library offers state of the art facilities.
The library has the largest selection of books in Vale and an extensive collection of music and DVDs. Customers can return and check out their own books using a self service checkout. The main reference library for the Vale is based on the first floor.
The library has dedicated children’s and youth areas. The children’s area includes books, computers and games consoles. The space can be arranged for a number of activities including craft workshops and storytimes. In the summer storytellers will hold sessions in the library’s courtyard. Local young people helped to design the youth area, choosing to include a television, a music listening station, computers, sofas and an artwork created by pupils of Ysgol Gyfun Bro Morgannwg.
The library includes a community room named after Philip John. Mr John dedicated his working life to the local library service and was borough librarian from 1965 to 1976. The Philip John Room and another Smaller Community Room will be used for a whole range of community activities.
The library will be a focal point for lifelong learning in the community. A series of free taster sessions will take place on a range of subjects. Alongside a number of adult education classes there will be other learning events taking place such as Healthy Living Day, when activities such as aromatherapy and Indian Head massage will be on offer to visitors.
The fist floor includes an IT suite. A computerised payment kiosk has been installed so library users can make payments without queuing at the desk. The library is also a ‘wireless hotspot’. This means registered users, working on their own laptops near to the library, perhaps in the adjacent park or library courtyard, can access the Internet through the Council’s server
Regular preschool storytimes will take place on Wednesdays 2.15pm – 3pm. Clap, tap and rhyme sessions(with songs and nursery rhymes) take place on Tuesdays 11.15am – 12pm. Coming soon our new Rhyme and sign sessions. Sign language storytime for hearing babies.
The County Library, Barry
Tel: 01446 709737 (General Enquiries)
Tel: 01446 422423 (Reference Enquiries)
Fax: 01446 709377