Posted 07.10.2019

The Vale to pilot Wales’s first library tablet loan scheme

The Vale of Glamorgan Library Services is launching Wales’s first tablet lending service for its library members across the county.

The project, which is set to launch on Monday 28th October hopes to tackle social isolation and improve digital literacy by allowing its members to borrow 4G enabled iPads.

The tablet lending program is being led by Newydd Housing Association and Digital Communities Wales with funding received through the Welsh Government Rural Communities - Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government. The Vale of Glamorgan Council, Newydd Housing Association, Hale Construction and WK Plasterers have also kindly support the scheme.

The tablets will be pre-loaded with helpful services such as online library services, health and wellbeing apps, as well as information about community services. It is estimated that around 45,000 library members are eligible and will be able to benefit from the service. All Vale of Glamorgan libraries will be participating in the scheme.

Cllr Lis Burnett, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Education and Regeneration said, “Many people across the Vale of Glamorgan do not have regular access to the internet and as a result find themselves excluded from a wealth of resources and essential services. This innovative project supports library members to loan iPad’s as easily as they can borrow books. We hope that the project will help those who need access to the internet and technology the most.”

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