Swansea Civic Centre
|Swansea Civic Centre|
|Canolfan Ddinesig Abertawe|
|Former names||County Hall|
|Address||Oystermouth Road, Swansea SA1 3SN|
Swansea Civic Centre (Welsh: Canolfan Ddinesig Abertawe) – formerly known as County Hall – is the principal administrative centre of the City and County of Swansea Council. Standing some 800 m southwest of Swansea centre on a seafront site overlooking Swansea Bay, the complex houses – in addition to the council chamber and offices – a public cafe, the city's central library, an exhibition space, the West Glamorgan Archive Service, and a council contact centre.
The building was opened in July 1982 as County Hall and was the headquarters of the former West Glamorgan County Council. Following local government re-organisation in 1996, its ownership was transferred to the new City and County of Swansea. The building was renamed the Civic Centre on 19 March 2008, and Swansea Central Library was moved in as part of a redevelopment scheme. The library issued nearly 566,000 loans in 2008/09, making it the busiest in Wales and the tenth busiest in the UK. The Civic Centre is served by local bus services.
- "Swansea Central Library is the best in Wales". Retrieved 4 June 2010.