Learners are benefiting from revamped libraries at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai’s Pwllheli, Parc Menai and Rhyl campuses following a £130,000 summer investment.
With the new academic year now underway, students are able to take advantage of updated facilities such as new bookshelves and study spaces, creating a more modern and accessible learning environment.
Refurbishment took place over the summer at Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor’s Pwllheli campus, Coleg Menai’s Parc Menai campus and Coleg Llandrillo’s Rhyl campus, as part of the rollout of the Library+ scheme launched earlier this year.
Library+ is a partnership between Library Services, Learner Services and the Additional Learning Needs Team, which is designed to create one point of contact for students to access resources and support.
There are 10 libraries at the Grŵp’s nine campuses, with each Library+ centre having a wide range of materials to support students with their studies, as well as offering wellbeing and enrichment activities.
This includes free WiFi access, digital learning equipment such as virtual reality headsets, loans of digital equipment, and support with digital study. Eligible students can loan a Google Chromebook device for free to support their studies, while there are dedicated flexible study spaces enabling learners to bring in their own devices.
Students also have access to more than 70,000 books and journals and specialist online databases including a wide range of e-book and e-journal platforms.
A variety of spaces for individual or group study have been installed, including quiet spaces, which are utilised by the Autism Mentoring team to support learners.
Experienced staff are on hand to support students with study skills, and for help with assignments and examinations preparations. A range of resources is available to support continued professional development including employability skills and career information.
Ceri Powell, Digital Learning and Library Manager for Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, said: “We are delighted to be able to invest in modern and welcoming library facilities, which will enable learners to access a wide range of support and resources to help them with their studies.”
Marian Jones, Library and IT Facilitator for Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor, Pwllheli, said: “Along with other campuses, during the summer the library at the Pwllheli campus was upgraded to be more open, modern, accessible and flexible.
“There are more areas with power sockets to enable student to use their own technology whilst working in the library, and fewer PCs as the usage levels reduced during recent years. Chromebooks are available on loan for a lesson or a whole day, and this is very popular.
"There will be opportunities to join library clubs regularly at lunchtime this year; including chess, colouring and conversation, crochet, debating, reading and Scrabble. There is a new opportunity this year also, for students to volunteer in the library so that it remains open during lunchtime.
"Thank you to everyone who was involved in the revamping process here, and thank you and best wishes to the new volunteers. For further information contact email@example.com"
Daniel Huws, librarian at Coleg Llandrillo's Rhyl campus, said: "The library in Rhyl College has been expanded and is now a bright and airy working environment. As well as the traditional services offered, we also offer help with IT, study support and a quiet space for people with additional learning needs."
Rhiannon Pugh, Library and IT Facilitator at the Art & Design Department Library at Parc Menai, said: “The library is a lively, engaging space to inspire and excite learner research. A place to read and draw, think and reflect - it's a great starting point for help and support.
“Students can come here too to relax, browse art magazines, play chess, build lego and take part in other activities that happen here throughout the year.”
A new Library+ space will also be opening at Coleg Menai’s Tŷ Menai campus. Teaching is due to take place at the new campus in Parc Menai from September 2024.
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