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The library at HMP & YOI Parc is staffed through a contract with Bridgend County Borough Council. It is open six days a week including evenings and weekends, is staffed by a full-time and a part-time librarian and the writer in residence is also based in the library. library orderlies also assist from the prison population.

The library is very popular and offers a wide variety of resources.  It offers magazines and newspapers in a variety of languages, which are procured to meet the diverse and varying prison population.  The library aims to offer resources appropriate to all levels of reading and writing abilities and as such has a wide range of resources for the lower level reader.  This includes the “Quick Reads” scheme, which offers traditional titles in an easy-to-read format; Parc has also produced its own Quick Read publication titled “Inside Out”.

All adult estate prisoners receive weekly access to the library and all new admissions to the prison are welcomed to attend a specific library induction.  There is a dedicated satellite library in the young person’s estate whilst a trolley service is provided to the Care and Separation Unit, Healthcare and Vulnerable Prisoner Units.    The monthly Learn Together Club provided by Parc Supporting Families is supported by a trolley service of resources for dads and also for the children to borrow books. All children borrowing books are then encouraged to contact their local library to continue with the service.  The library staff also participate in monthly Family Days and run a fortnightly book club.

The library is the central access point for prison law information, and for leaflets and booklets providing information on Criminal Cases Review Commissions, or the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman.

Learners can practice for their driving theory examination on specific pods accessed within the library.  Learners with young children can participate in the “Storytime Dads” scheme where they are helped to record a story onto CD for their children; this is then sent home or given to their children on a visit and has proved immensely popular. Previous participants have been featured on national radio.  

Recent author visits have included Jasper Fforde and Rachel Trezise.  The library also hosts visits during the annual “Hay in the Parc” event.

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