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Libraries in Cardiff Along with the city centre based Central Library, Cardiff has 19 branch libraries around the city, a mobile library to visit rural areas, and a service for housebound residents.

You need to be a resident to join but membership is free to both adults and children, and gives you access to a wide range of services and resources including books, videos and computers. To join the library service you’ll need proof of your address, Cardiff libraries accept a wide range of ID including driving licence, utility bill, bank and building society statements.

Once you’ve got your library card you can visit the libraries to read the daily newspapers, borrow books, videos, CDs and DVDs, use the Internet and research your family tree using the wealth of archives, microfilm and documents at your fingertips.

Cardiff Central Library, which opened to the public in December 1988, is the largest public library in Wales with a stock of over half a million books and journals. But in addition to providing a huge range of traditional library materials, the Central Library also has more than 60 computers, funded by the New Opportunities Fund.

The mobile library takes a full library service out into the Cardiff community by visiting areas without easy access to a local branch. Two vehicles are currently in operation and although the stock held on the each is essentially small, the mobile staff use their knowledge to secure the best reads for their borrowers.

Cardiff’s housebound service brings the library to the doorstep of those who through illness, infirmity or disability can no longer travel to their local library. People who might otherwise be unable to enjoy a good book from the library can enrol for this friendly and efficient service, which calls every three weeks, delivering and collecting ordinary and large print books or books-on-tape.

For more information on Cardiff’s library service visit www.cardiff.gov.uk

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