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.

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+


  • Bilingual


Free admission

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

The Battle Of The Somme (1916)

  • 8 July 2016 7:30-9pm

Shot and screened in 1916, The Battle of the Somme was the first feature length documentary about war and changed the way both cinema and film was perceived by the public. In the year of its release almost 20 million people, almost half the population of Britain at the time, watched The Battle of the Somme many hoping to see the image of a loved-one, or friend captured on film. One hundred years later, this unique film from Imperial War Museum’s collection is being shown to commemorate the anniversary of The Battle of the Somme. By kind permission of the Imperial War Museum. Music by Laura Rossi. Silent film with musical accompaniment.



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
SY23 3BU


Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru / The National Library of Wales


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01970 632800

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