National Library of Wales Change and Development Services


The National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth is changing and expanding its services while remaining cautious about the risks associated with COVID-19.

From November 1, visitors will not need to pre-book a tour of the library building and free access will be provided to the exhibitions, Pendinas Café and Boutique, as well as the Reading Room, although a valid reader’s ticket is required.

The building will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday, but the reading room will be closed from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

As part of a larger plan for the development of public spaces, the current reading room services will be permanently relocated to the North reading room where major maintenance work has been carried out to ensure comfort and convenience. ‘access to the library’s collections.

The southern reading room will be redesigned to provide access to the new national dissemination archives and create a flexible space for activities.

While visitors are no longer encouraged to pre-reserve space in the reading room, items in the collection should be pre-ordered at least one day before visiting the library whenever possible.

The health and safety of visitors and staff remains the priority for the library and the risks associated with COVID-19 will continue to be monitored.

Dr Owain Rhys Roberts, Deputy Director General and Collections and Engagement Librarian, said:

“The past 18 months have been difficult and challenging for all of us and, although we continue to take a cautious approach, we are excited about the opportunities to expand the services provided in the Aberystwyth building.

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