The Old Library fell into disrepair and became almost derelict due to the lack of finances and of course use between 2003 and 2013. The building remained empty for more than 10 years until 2013 when Old Illtydian RFC, a local rugby club in Cardiff since 1929 secured the property. The agreement with Cardiff Council was a 100 year lease and the Old Library has undergone a massive renovation programme since that time with hundreds of thousands of pounds being spent to bring it to its former glory. The Old Library has not lost any of its appeal and looks today very much like it would have in 1894!
The building is now called the Old Library, Sport & Community Centre and is situated right in the heart of Cardiff. 30% of the building being used for Sports and 70% being used for community use and hire. The Old Library is now being used by a large number of charities, who are based at the Old Library and include, Cardiff Children’s Leukaemia society, The Jacob Abraham Foundation, Places2B children’s charity to name a few. Community groups include, faith groups, after school clubs, a breakfast club is run offering a free meal to those in need and Theatre groups to name a few. We are sure that the Marquis of Bute and Lord Tredegar would be pleased by todays community use.
Old Illtydian RFC are proud to be associated with managing and running this now iconic building in the heart of Splott for the benefit of the community. The Old Library is now a wonderful community hub for the people of Splott and surrounding area.