National Library of Wales to receive £2.25m rescue package after protests

Welsh government had said it could not extend funding, but following pressure from campaigners has announced sum ‘to safeguard jobs and deliver strategic priorities’

The Welsh government has announced a £2.25m rescue package for the National Library of Wales after Philip Pullman joined a campaign warning that it was under threat.

A government-commissioned review last September had found that the library’s income reduced by 40% between 2007 and 2019, with staff numbers down 23%, to 224. The review recommended that “urgent attention” be given to the library’s financial needs.

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