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About us

The National Library of Wales is one of the great libraries of the world. Located in Aberystwyth overlooking beautiful Cardigan Bay, it is the home of the stori of Wales. Opened in 1907, the Library is the centre of research into the culture and heritage of Wales and the Celtic nations.

As a legal deopsit library, it has a right to a copy of each book published in Britain. It's also home to rare books, manuscripts, archives, film and video, newspapers, maps, sound material, ffotograffs and works of art.

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Contact Us

You can contact the Library on the details below:

The National Library of Wales
ceredigion SY23 3BU

Email: gofyn(at)
Phone: 01970 632 800

We also have a free enquiries service. You can contact the service on the details above or by filing in our online enquiries form.

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The National Library was established with gifts from the people of Wales. It's core collection was the Hengwrt manuscript collection, which was give to the Library by Syr John Williams. This tradition of supporting the Library continues today.

From financial contributions to bequests, to the giving of individual items, your contribution to the Library safeguards our history and traditions for future generations to enjoy. The Library is here to protect the story of Wales, why don't you join us?

Learn more about donating to the Library

News and press area

You'll find all the latest information about the Library on our news pages in the press area.

How about following our social media accounts to receive all the latest information straight to your device?

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Are you interested in the history and heritage of Wales? Do you enjoy meeting new people and making friends? Enjoy new and exciting challenges? Why not join our volunteering programme?

Our projects vary from individual challenges that can be done from home, to individual and team challenges which you can work on at the Library. Projects include things like transcribing collections, identifying information or testing websites. The work is crucial, and contributes to offering access to collections.

Volunteering opportunities and how to apply


Would you like to join the team of one of Wales' national institutions? Are you an enthusiastic worker who likes a challenge? Are you keen to share the story of Wales with the world? Then perhaps the Library is the place for you.

The Library offers a variety of employment opportunities. How about it?

Information about current jobs