Ceredigion Liberal Democrats have urged the Welsh Government to give the National Library of Wales a sustainable financial footing, amid concerns the institution is facing further job losses.
Cadan ap Tomos has written to the Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, urging him to implement a fair funding settlement for NLW as recommended by the recent Welsh Government Tailored Review.
NLW Chief Executive and Librarian, Pedr ap Llwyd, has warned that core services would be affected and up to 30 jobs would be cut if the funding situation isn't urgently addressed.
The letter comes as a Senedd petition on the topic set up by an Aberystwyth Town Councillor nears 10,000 signatures.
Cadan ap Tomos, Welsh Liberal Democrat Senedd candidate for Ceredigion, said:
"The National Library is a jewel in Wales' cultural crown, and we're lucky that we can benefit from the significant economic and cultural impact it brings to Aberystwyth and the wider area.
"The recent Tailored Review highlighted that NLW are facing significant challenges in the years ahead. I know the Library wants to meet those challenges head-on, but to do so it needs the Welsh Government to keep its end of the bargain with a fair funding settlement.
"I fear what could be at risk if the Deputy Minister doesn't act now - not just vital jobs, but a deeper understanding of our own history and culture."
Ceredigion is a proud host of @NLWales, and news the Library is facing job losses should be worrying to all of us.— Cadan ap Tomos 🔶 (@CadanapTomos) January 24, 2021
I've written to @ElisThomasD urging him to implement the recommendations of a recent review, and put our National Library on a sustainable financial footing. pic.twitter.com/fhWzMVZQ4E