Virtual Library Tour
A new interactive 360° tour allows you to virtually view online libraries so you can visit them in person safely.
21:37 05 May 2021
Awen Cultural Trust has launched a virtual library tour in partnership with technology company Aspire 2Be. The goal is to ensure that people can visit the libraries safely and to give them an insight into how local libraries operate.
The interactive tour provides 360° views of libraries across the borough to offer reassurance to residents returning to borrow books following the coronavirus lockdown restrictions. It features Aberkenfig, Betws, Bridgend, Maesteg, Pencoed, Porthcawl, Pyle and Sarn libraries as well as the books on Wheels home delivery service.
Richard Hughes, chief executive of Awen Cultural Trust, the registered charity which runs the library service in partnership with Bridgend County Borough Council, said: “Our libraries were closed for the majority of the year, due to the pandemic, so there will be many customers who may not have visited in person for quite some time.
“We hope that by providing these 360° tours, we can give people an insight of what to expect to see at their local library when they return.
“The tours may also inspire others to visit a library they may not have been to before, or even encourage people to visit a library for the first time. From the comfort of their own home, everyone will see how bright, welcoming and accessible our libraries are.
“However, for those who still wish to limit our interactions, we will also continue to operate our popular Book and Collect service.”