In 2008 CyMAL Museums Archives and Libraries Wales launched the Libraries for Life programme with the aim of creating a 21st century library network for Wales. To assist in achieving this aim four regional library partnerships were created: North Wales, Mid Wales, South West Wales and South East Wales. Within each region cross sector links and partnerships were established to pool expertise, share good practice and deliver joint services.
SWAMP is not currently active but the SWAMP Passport scheme may still operate in many partner institutions.
SWAMP Passport Scheme
SWAMP has a passport scheme which library members can use to visit and borrow from other libraries. The scheme covers most of the libraries within the SWAMP region. Members are issued with a paper Passport which they present when borrowing from other libraries and any borrowing restrictions in place are clearly indicated on the Passport itself.
Download a copy of the passport below.
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The partners are:
>> Public Library Services: Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Neath Port Talbot, Pembrokeshire, Powys and Swansea.
>> Further Education Institutions: Ceredigion College, Coleg Sir Gâr, Gower College Swansea, NPTC Group and Pembrokeshire College.
>> Higher Education Institutions: Aberystwyth University, Swansea University and University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Carmarthen, Lampeter and Swansea.
>> Health: Hywel Dda University Health Board, Powys Teaching Health Board and part of Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board
>> Government and Specialist: National Library of Wales, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales Library, St David’s Cathedral Library, Welsh Government Library and Welsh National Botanic Gardens Library.
Workforce development is a key activity for SWAMP. With funding from CyMAL, the partnership offers libraries across all sectors in the region relevant and value for money training opportunities for library staff. By facilitating meetings, encouraging networking and the sharing of information, SWAMP enables libraries to work together to deliver enhanced services for users and offers support for additional regional projects as appropriate. The partnership also supports national developments such as marketing and digital inclusion and works with SEWP (South East Wales Library Partnership) and NWLP (North Wales Library Partnership) to develop the work of the partnerships and share expertise.