Monthly Chatterbooks book club at Ystradgynlais library.
Welsh-medium story sessions every month at Llanfair Caereinion library.
Reading Groups at Builth Wells, Newtown, Welshpool, and Ystradgynlais libraries. There is also a reading group in Crickhowell which meets at the information centre – contact Crickhowell library for more information.
Every branch library in Powys offers free computer access.
It’s a good idea to book your session in advance to make sure that a computer is available. Computer sessions finish 15 minutes before library closing time.
If you have problems seeing the computer screen or using computer equipment, we have facilities which make our computers easier to use.
Every library in Powys offers free WiFi access.
Just visit the library counter with your library card and ask for a user ID and password. You will be given 6 months membership of the WiFi service (renewable).
If you are not a member of the library, you will have to show some basic ID, and you will be given 1 week guest access to the service. Anyone aged 16 and over can use the computer or WiFi services, subject to the Acceptable Use Policy.
Children and young adults aged 15 and under who wish to use either the WiFi service or library computers can apply to join the Internet Club. You must be a member of the library, and your parent/guardian must sign the Internet Club application form for you in front of a member of staff.
Most branch libraries also have special computers in the Childrens Area with access to a limited number of websites for homework and games. You can use these computers without joining the Internet club.
What local studies sources do the libraries hold?
The libraries hold copies of trade directories, newspapers, periodicals and local history publications. Further details can be viewed with material listed in Powys Archives. Local Studies publications are also listed in the library catalogue.
You can use the printed materials, catalogues, microfilm readers, or computers at Brecon, Newtown and Llandrindod Libraries free of charge. Booking the microfilm readers and computers is essential. If you are unable to come to the library, we can carry out research for you.
For research relating to:
Radnorshire apply via Powys Archives Research Service
We hold copies of trade directories, newspapers, periodicals and local history publications. Further details can be viewed here, with material listed in Powys Archives. Local Studies publications are also listed in the library catalogue.
What will it cost and how do I pay?
Requests by post or telephone about the records and how they can be used for research are free.
We can do quick searches (one entry only in a specified census return) within half an hour for £12.50. For more extended research, we charge £25 for one hour and £50 for two hours. You must pay the fee even if there are no positive results from the search. If you require more research after receiving the first report, you can apply for it in the same way.
We accept postal orders or cheques payable to Powys County Council. You can also pay online using the Powys County Council Online Payments Facility. Please do not make any payment until the research has been completed.
What sort of searches can you do?
Specific searches such as searching for entries in census returns would are straight-forward and quick. Longer searches, e.g. about a particular event or place, or a newspaper search, are possible but take longer. We cannot deal with general requests such as the growth and development of a town. The Branch Librarian can refuse a search or limit the amount of time which can be spent on it.
How do I apply?
You can submit your research requirements on an online application form, or complete and return a form by post. We cannot start any research unless a research form has been received.
How will I receive the information and how long will it take?
When a search is complete we will send a report, by email or by post, giving details of the sources checked and information found. We will also include the bill for the research. We aim to answer all enquiries within four weeks.