What we are doing to support and advise professionals in the library and archive sector, and users of our library and archive services.

First published:
20 September 2019
Last updated:

Improving and recognising quality

We are part of the Archive Accreditation Scheme in the UK. This is a partnership between The National Archives and other UK archive organisations. We manage the scheme in Wales, so please contact us before you apply.

Every year, we ask local authorities to send a return to us about their public libraries. We use the information and award them a score, as well as telling them how they need to improve. We publish the local authorities’ reports on their libraries.

We commission research into issues that affect libraries, archives, and the public. These include an expert review of public libraries, and a report on the future of library services. We have also reported on independent trust and community libraries.

Financial support

Annual capital funding grants are available to libraries and archives, in the same way as to museums. The funds are for improving existing buildings and infrastructure.

People's Collection Wales

We support this unique online archive of photos, recordings and documents

National Library of Wales

We fund the National Library of Wales, which has a large collection of books, films, photos and art. It also has special collections on Wales at war, medicine and health, and David Lloyd George. It is open to the public and many items have been digitised.