The National Library of Wales Renovation Works

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Exhibition closure

The Collecting Contemporary exhibition will be closed from 27 July 2019 as renovation work is carried out in the Library's Main Hall and Upper Central Hall. We will use our social media accounts and this page to inform visitors of when it is likely to reopen once this information is available.

Nanteos Cup 

The Nanteos Cup has been moved to Peniarth on the lower floor during renovation work on the upper floors.

Main lift

The Library's main lift is not currently available to use due to renovation work being carried out in the building. Please ask at Reception if you need to use a lift.

Temporary Parking Arrangements

A Traffic Management Plan will be operational on the Library site during the first phase of the work on the main building. The front car park may also be closed temporarily at certain times so that materials and equipment can be unloaded to the work areas.


What is the programme to renovate The National Library of Wales building?

The programme includes essential maintenance and renovation work both inside and outside The National Library of Wales building in Aberystwyth that will ensure that this historic icon will continue to be an essential resource for generations to come.

Will the Library be closed to the public as a result of this renovation work?

The Library will not close while the work is carried out. It is important to us that the public has continued access to the important and unique collections held here at The National Library. We will use various media to inform users and visitors in good time of any changes in services.

I intend to visit the Library during this period. What effect will this have on me?

The building work could mean:

  • fewer parking spaces on the Library site;
  • more noise than usual within the building;
  • restricted access to some parts of the building;
  • some services being delivered differently or from different locations within the building;
  • fewer exhibitions, and Gregynog Gallery closed: please visit the exhibitions page to find out more about current exhibitions.

What is the timetable for the work?

The first phase will last until the end of March 2020. During this period:

  • The North Reading Room will close as a reading room and its services moved to the South Reading Room;
  • The reprographic service will be moved to The North Reading Room;
  • There will be changes to layout of the South Reading Room as a result of the relocation of North Reading Room services;
  • Visitors should use the main entrance as the old main door on the top of the stairs will close temporarily;
  • Renovation work will be carried out in the Library's Main Hall and Upper Central Hall.