A treasure trove of Art, History and Culture.
The National Library of Wales strives to make Wales’s culture, history and heritage accessible to all, so that the public can research and enjoy collections that belong to the nation.
Situated in Aberystwyth, on the Ceredigion coast; with its stunning views and guaranteed warm welcome, a visit to the Library is a memorable experience for all the family.
But did you know that our collections also include the following?
- 7,000,000 feet of film
- 250,000 hours of video
- 7,000,000 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
In addition, many of our collections have been digitised and can be viewed through our catalogue and website: library.wales www.library.wales
Visiting the National Library
The Library has two Reading Rooms which can be accessed free of charge through a valid reader’s ticket. Registering is easy and can be done online before your visit, or you can complete the whole simple registration process on arrival.
Events and exhibitions
Full details of our events and exhibitions are on our website and tickets are available through: events.library.wales
- Library Shop selling quality goods
- Pendinas Café
- Conference facilities
- Large and convenient car park
The National Library’s general opening hours are as follows:
Monday-Friday: 9:00 – 18:00
Saturday: 9:30 – 17:00
Exhibition opening hours: 9:30 – 17:00 (Monday-Saturday)
The National Library is situated between the University Campus and Bronglais Hospital on the main A487 road.
Train & Bus
Aberystwyth train station is located in the centre of the town, a 15 minute walk to the Library, or a short journey by taxi or on the 03 bus route from the bus station. The Bus Station is located next to the Train Station and is served by various local connections.
Keep in touch
The National Library of Wales
01970 632 800
National Library of Wales email
National Library shop website