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Museum, free entry

The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth

The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth


The National Library of Wales (Welsh: Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru), Aberystwyth, is the national legal deposit library of Wales and is one of the Welsh Government sponsored bodies. It is the biggest library in Wales, holding over 6.5 million books and periodicals, and the largest collections of archives, portraits, maps and photographic images in Wales.

The Library is also home to the national collection of Welsh manuscripts, the National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales, and the most comprehensive collection of paintings and topographical prints in Wales.As the primary research library and archive in Wales[ and one of the largest research libraries in the United Kingdom, the National Library is a member of Research Libraries UK (RLUK)] and the Consortium of European Research Libraries (CERL)

At the very core of the National Library of Wales is the mission to collect and preserve materials related to Wales and Welsh life and those which can be utilised by the people of Wales for study and research. Welsh is the Library's main medium of communication but it does, however, aim to deliver all public services in Welsh and English. In January 2015 the Library in partnership with Wikimedia UK appointed a full-time Wikipedian in Residence with the aim of developing further its resources on an open license, to a world-wide audience.

Free exhibitions are held throughout the year in the exhibition galleries.

Pen Dinas Cafe is situated on the ground floor at the south-west corner of the library. The cafe offers a wide selection of light meals, sandwiches, paninis, salads, drinks and sweets, as well as hot meals and vegetarian dishes - Open Monday to Saturday.

An opportunity to have a tour of the building and see some notable treasures - weekly guided tours; pre-booking essential to avoid disappointment. Group tours also welcome with pre-booking.

The National Library of Wales offers a wide range of services to suit your conference and meeting requirements and you can hire technical equipment from the Library.

the National Library of Wales is a spectacular wedding venue in one of Wales' most iconic buildings and offers a spectacular backdrop to one of the most important days of your life.

The Council Chamber can accommodate up to 100 guests and can be laid out in two different styles depending on your choice. The President’s Room is ideal for a more intimate ceremony and can accommodate up to 30 guests.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsFrench signs/guidesGerman signs/guidesGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPostboxPublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberTelephone (public)Wheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Children welcomeMobility Accessibility FacilitiesDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowedHearing Accessibility Facilities

The 03 Bus service runs every 30 mins during term time and every hour non-term time starting at the town's bus station and travelling up Penglais Hill to the Library. Car parking charges redeemable at the Library shop and in the Pendinas Restaurant.

Opening details

Reading Rooms Mon - Fri 9:30 to 18:00 Saturday 9:30 - 17:00
National Screen & Sound Archives of Wales/Collection Viewing Room
Mon - Fri 10:00am - 17:00 Saturday 9:30 - 16:30
Closed on Sunday


Free entry

Free admission to all exhibitions.


Rhiw Penglais,
SY23 3BU


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Map reference: SN 594816  Lat: 52.41427 Long: -4.06866

Situated on Penglais Hill (A487). Free parking evening and weekends.

Aberystwyth train station is located 1 mile away with local transport linking the train station and campus as well as longer distances.

Parking Information:
Cars / Motorcycles £1 up to 4 Hrs / £2 over 4 Hrs
Vehicles towing trailer /caravan £2.50 up to 4 Hrs / £5 over 4 Hrs
Bus & Mini Bus Free please pre-book via 01970 632484
Disabled Badge Holders exempt
Tickets can be refunded against one purchase in Library's Cafe or Shop
Free Parking on Saturdays

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Aberystwyth station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • French signs/guidesFrench signs/guides
  • German signs/guidesGerman signs/guides
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • PostboxPostbox
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Telephone (public)Telephone (public)
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Mobility Accessibility FacilitiesMobility Accessibility Facilities
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
  • Hearing Accessibility FacilitiesHearing Accessibility Facilities

The 03 Bus service runs every 30 mins during term time and every hour non-term time starting at the town's bus station and travelling up Penglais Hill to the Library. Car parking charges redeemable at the Library shop and in the Pendinas Restaurant.

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • Surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance is
    • YesSolid ie tarmac / concrete etc
  • Route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesHas a ramp
    • YesHas steps and no ramp

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to:
    • YesEntrance to reception
    • YesPublic toilet
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and wall
  • YesClear surfaces such as glass doors have contrast markings
  • YesBaby changing facilities


  • YesSteps to the main entrance
    • YesHandrail by steps
  • YesRamp to entrance
    • YesHandrail by ramp


  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • Meals for guests with special dietary requirements can be provided:
    • YesGluten free (coeliac)
    • YesVegetarian