National Library Of Wales
The National Library of Wales is situated in Aberystwyth, on the Ceredigion coast, and must have one of the best views of any Library in the world, looking out over Cardigan Bay. The National Library of Wales’ purpose is to make our culture and heritage accessible to all to learn, research and enjoy.
We are a legal deposit library, which means we have the right to a copy of every publication printed in Britain and Ireland. But did you also know that our collections include the following?
- 7,000,000 feet of film
- 250,000 hours of video
- 6,000,000 books and newspapers
- 40,000 manuscripts
- 1,500,000 maps
- 150,000 hours of sound
- 950,000 photographs
- 60,000 works of art
- 1,900 cubic meters of archives
You can search these collections online. Some collections have been digitised and can be viewed online. You’ll find further information along with a list of resources on our National Library of Wales Resources page. The Library has two Reading Rooms which our users can use to view our collections. To do this you must hold a valid Reader’s Ticket (free). The Library’s opening hours are Monday – Friday between 9:30 – 18:00, and Saturdays between 9:30 – 17:00. Please check our opening hours page before visiting for the latest information. Entry to the Library is free as is access to the Reading Rooms (you must have a Reader’s Ticket to access the Reading Rooms). The National Library of Wales has a large car park on site and a small fee is payable for this Privilege.