Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru / The National Library of Wales

The Natrional Library of Wales - Aberystwyth
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The National Library of Wales is one of the world’s great libraries.
Established in 1907 and located in an iconic building in Aberystwyth, the Library houses a priceless collection of books, rare manuscripts, paintings and maps, and plays host to a regular programme of events and exhibitions exploring the heritage and culture of Wales and the Celtic nations.

In order to share its treasures with the world, the Library collects, preserves and protects the nation’s documentary heritage. The papers and archives of prominent Welsh figures, such as David Lloyd George, Dylan Thomas and Sir Kyffin Williams are held at the Library, alongside millions of items portraying the extraordinary lives of ordinary people. Millions of items from our collections have also been transferred into digital formats and made available, free of charge, via the web to people across the globe. This includes online access to Wales’s print heritage, including 1 million pages of pre-1919 Welsh newspapers.

In addition, the Library is home to the Welsh Political Archive and the National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales, which contains films, television programmes, videos, sound recordings and music relating to Wales and the Welsh people.

With its fabulous collections and exhibitions, stunning views of the town and Cardigan Bay, and a guaranteed warm welcome, a visit to the Library is an experience to savour for all the family.

Venue Type:

Library, Archive, Gallery

Opening hours

Monday - Friday 9:30 - 17:00
Saturday 9:30 - 17:00

Admission charges

Admission to the Library and exhibitions is free.
Readers tickets are required for access to the Reading Rooms, these are available free of charge from the Library with proof of id.
For more information please telephone or visit the website.

Additional info

Disabled Visitors: There is convenient disabled parking and a choice of front entrances. Wheelchair access to most public areas.

As a Legal Deposit Library The National Library of Wales has a legal right to all UK publications. Its collections include ancient Welsh and Celtic manuscripts and items of particular interest to Wales and the Celtic nations. The National Library of Wales also houses The National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales, including film, television and radio footage and music recordings on various formats. The Welsh Political Archive is also housed in the Library.

Key artists and exhibits

  • David Lloyd George
  • Mary Dillwyn
  • Thomas Jones Pencerrig
  • Thomas Pennant
  • Roger Tiley
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

The Storyteller's Spell: T. Llew Jones' Centenary

  • 5 March 2015 — 27 February 2016 *on now

Did you ever set sail with Barti Ddu? Maybe you joined Twm Siôn Cati in an adventure, or visited Traeth y Pigyn?

On 5 March 2015 – World Book Day – we at the Library will be thanking T. Llew for his imagination and his work, and celebrating his centenary by opening a brand new exhibition 'The Storyteller’s Spell'.

Take a peek at T. Llew’s life between the pages of his diaries, which are here as part of the Library’s collection. Learn more of his love for cricket and chess, and of his relationships with some of his contemporaries, and come to know T. Llew Jones the poet better.

So how about it – will you come with us to the world of the book?

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.llgc.org.uk/collections/activities/exhibitions0/the-storytellers-spell/

Remembering For Peace

  • 16 January — 9 April 2016 *on now

An opportunity to see the Welsh Book of Remembrance alongside the digital copy. This exhibition will explore the impact of the First World War on Wales and present the history of some of those soldiers who lost their lives in the War.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Languages

  • Bilingual

Admission

Free admission

Words of War: Conflict in Welsh Literature

  • 23 January — 18 June 2016 *on now

For centuries, Welsh poets and prose writers have depicted the experience of war, either by celebrating victories or mourning defeat. This exhibition focuses on four historic conflicts from the sixth to the seventeenth centuries – both battles and skirmishes. Poignant eyewitness accounts and later reactions by artists such as Aneirin and David Jones, Bleddyn Fardd and Gerallt Lloyd Owen will be shown alongside the narrative testimonies of contemporary and later chroniclers. Let the poets take you to Catraeth, Cilmeri, Bosworth and the Somme.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 7-10

Languages

  • Bilingual

Admission

Free admission

Efforts and Ideals: Prints of the First World War

  • 30 January — 28 June 2016 *on now

A touring exhibition from the Amgueddfa Genedlaethol Cymru – National Museum of Wales of all 66 works from the 1917 print portfolio, The Great War: Britain’s Efforts and Ideals, which includes contributions from some of the best known British artists of the period, such as Augustus John, Frank Brangwyn, William Rothenstein and C. R. W. Nevinson. Designed to encourage a war-weary public and raise support for the war effort, they show modern political propaganda in its early stages.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 18+

Languages

  • Bilingual

Admission

Free admission

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru / The National Library of Wales
Penglais Hill
Aberystwyth
Ceredigion
SY23 3BU
Wales

Website

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru / The National Library of Wales

www.llgc.org.uk

General enquiries template

www/llgc.org.uk/enquire

E-mail

gofyn@llgc.org.uk

Telephone

01970 632800

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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