National Library of Wales / Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru

Contact details

Website: E-mail: Contact form at Tel: 01970 632 933

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The National Library of Wales is sponsored by the Welsh Assembly Government.

About the library

The National Library of Wales is based in Aberystwyth, west Wales. It holds the largest collection of works about Wales and other Celtic nations in the world.

The Library collections originate from establishment of a Welsh collection at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth. The collections were extended by a donation from Sir John Williams who was a physician and book collector. He promised to donate his library if the National Library was located in Aberystwyth. NLW has been a legal deposit library since 1911 so has right to collect a copy of every work published in the UK and Ireland.

Copac includes records from the Library's Full Catalogue, covering Books, periodicals, newspapers, maps & other cartographic materials, graphic materials, archives & manuscripts and research dissertations.

The local library catalogue is available online.

British Library Interlibrary Loan Codes

  • National Library of Wales: SL2

Accessing materials

Can I see live document availability on Copac? No

Can I obtain items via Inter Library Loan? No, but it is possible to request copies of materials. Visit the website for further details.

Can I visit the library to view materials? Yes - visit the library's web site for access details. If you wish to visit it is advisable to contact the library in advance to ensure the material you need will be available.

How do I find primary source material held at this institution? Please consult the library's online catalogue, or visit the National Library of Wales's contributor page at the Archives Hub for information about some of the collections.


NLW/LLGC data on Copac

Example record from the NLW/LLGC:

Nodiadau ieithyddol gan Robert Vaughan, Hengwrt, [1632x1667] / Robert Vaughan.
  Produced: 1632

You can browse all the titles on Copac starting with the above title.