New learning hub opens at Barry library


08 November 2016


The Leader and Deputy Leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council welcomed the first learners to the new Vale Learning Centre this week as the latest addition to Barry’s Central Library opened its doors. 


hub1The new facility is the result of a £100,000 investment by the Vale of Glamorgan Council. Cllrs Neil Moore and Lis Burnett toured the three classrooms, computer suite, office space and crèche, which have transformed the library into a learning hub. 


Construction was completed at the end of October and the state of the art adult learning centre opened to the public on 7 November.


Cllr Lis Burnett, also Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Education, said: “Education and lifelong learning is central to the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s regeneration work and where better to locate a Learning Hub than the library, the first port of call for anyone seeking information. 


“This latest investment into Barry Library provides the whole Vale with a first class facility, purpose built to help residents of all ages to gain skills and knowledge and broaden their horizons.”


Now that the work has been completed the adult learning courses previously on offer at the Open Learning Centre at Provincial House have transferred to the Vale Learning Centre. Library users can 


now access a wide range of adult education courses – covering everything from drop-in computer workshops, employability skills, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) to English and maths courses for those who want to improve their skills for life and work - all at the same location. All of the library’s most popular services have been retained.


Full details of the courses on offer can be found online at


For more information on library services in the Vale visit