Barry Council Office and Library
Barry Council Office and Library is located in King's Square, Barry, Wales. The building originally housed the town hall (opened 1908) and Carnegie library (opened 1906). At the beginning of the 21st century the building was restored and a new wing was provided for the library. The redevelopment of the former town hall building cost £371,000, £124,000 more than had been set aside, the increased cost sparked an inquiry in February 2008.
The first lending library in Barry was opened in 1890, at 144 Holton Road. It later moved to a three-storey house on the Square, with the ground floor used as a reading room, the lending library on the second floor and caretaker's rooms on the top floor. In 1903 the Council applied to the Andrew Carnegie Trust for a grant to enable a public library to be built. A grant of £8,000 was awarded, and the library was opened by the Earl of Plymouth on 1 March 1906.
The library was moved to the Leisure Centre in 2001, to allow the refurbishment of the Town Hall and Library buildings. The new library was opened on 4 January 2007. This was the first new county library to be opened in Wales for 10 years.
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