Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales Library

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About the library

The Museum's library exists primarily to support the curatorial staff at the National Museum's seven sites throughout Wales, covering archaeology & numismatics, fine and decorative art, botany, geology, industrial and social history, and zoology. The Library contains a number of special collections, including books on early natural history, tours of Wales in the 18th and 19th centuries, and a selection of private press material, including the Gregynog and the Golden Cockerel presses. 

In addition to purchasing material for the collections the Library has accepted several generous donations and loans since the 1920s when the first Librarian was appointed.  For more details please see the website

British Library Interlibrary Loan Codes

National Museum of Wales: GL2

Accessing materials

Can I see live document availablility on Copac? No

Can I obtain items via Inter Library Loan? Yes, some material can be borrowed.

Can I visit the library to view materials? Yes. The Main Library (National Museum Cardiff) is open free of charge to researchers Tuesday – Friday, 10am – 4.30pm.  An appointment is essential as all material is closed access and study space is limited. Also, significant parts of the collection (e.g. mining, slate industry, coal industry and maritime history) are held in Swansea, Blaenavon and Llanberis so please bear this in mind when planning a visit and do check in advance.


Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales data on Copac

Example record from the Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales:

Voyage du Dr Friederich Welwitsch ... dans ... Angola et Benguella. Mollusques terrestres et fluviatiles.
  Published: Paris : Bailliere 1868

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