The Welsh Journals website offers free access to over 450 Welsh journals from the Library’s collections dating from between 1735 and 2006. These include full runs of journals as well as runs with gaps in the holdings. Users will also find full runs of a selection of around 50 20th century journals.
The content varies from academic and scientific publications to religious, literary, music and popular journals. Not only can users view digital images of pages from the journals included in the project, but they can also search the journals content using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology.
The National Library of Wales undertook the work of digitising and making the journals available online with the support of Welsh Government, JISC, Europeana, WHELF and the cooperation of publishers and authors. A team of bibliographic and academic specialists were also key to the work.
While the majority of the journals content is available to users, users should note that some pages or parts of pages are unavailable due to copyright restrictions.
The website offers free access to over 450 Welsh journals. The earliest journal available is 'Tlysau yr Hen Oesoedd', published in 1735, while the most recent issues of journals available date from the early 21st century. The vast majority of the journals date from the nineteenth century, the golden age of the Welsh journal.
The new Welsh Journals website draws together content from three older journals websites as well as providing access to hundreds of journal titles not previously available.
The National Library and its partners undertook the work of digitising its journal holdings as a means of opening up our collections to remote users and in order to use the latest technology to broaden the type of access and uses available to our collections. The hope is that these new methods will allow researchers of all types to discover new things and discovering new ways of using the content that is released. The National Library has been a home to researchers for many years and amongst our new challenges is to deliver services that are suitable for a new generation. We believe this new website does that.
The National Library of Wales was established in 1907 to collect, preserve and give access to recorded knowledge of all types and forms, especially knowledge relating to Wales. It holds the largest collection in the world of journals from Wales or of Welsh interest alongside other printed material, archives, artworks and the National Screen and Sound Archive. The Library is located in Aberystwyth.
Welsh Government carries out a range of functions for the citizens of Wales and is the main funder of the National Library of Wales. Welsh Government provided extra funding to support the Welsh Journals Online project, while the Library also received significant investment from Welsh Government to digitise its 18th and 19th century journals.
JISC supports UK further & higher education and research by providing leadership in the use of Information and Communications Technology in support of learning, teaching, research and administration. JISC receives funding from all the UK further and higher education funding councils. It supported the Welsh Journals Online project via its Digitisation Programme.
Europeana is the EU digital platform for cultural heritage, collecting and providing online access to tens of millions of digitised items from libraries, archives, audiovisual collections and museums across Europe. Europeana provided significant funding to digitise and make available the Library’s 18th and 19th century journals.
Wales Higher Education Libraries Forum (WHELF) promotes co-operation and facilitates initiatives in library services provision for higher education in Wales. Its member bodies and their staff have supported the Welsh Journals Online project by providing advice, filling gaps in runs of journals, and making their users aware of the resource.
Digitisation and presentation on the web constitutes 'republication' and therefore requires the permission of copyright holders, unless the copyright has expired. The Library has asked publishers of twentieth-century journals to contact their copyright holders seeking their permission, but not all will be traceable. The publishers have also included notices about the project in recent issues, hoping to reach them.
Information about the copyright status and attribution of specific materials on the Welsh Journals website can be found in the ‘More Information’ column when viewing a journal.
If you hold rights in a work displayed on the website and object to its use, you can request its removal by writing to takedown(at)llgc.org.uk. Your request will be processed in accordance with our Notice and Takedown Policy. If you know of any instances where copyright owners are not correctly acknowledged please inform us via our Enquiries Service so that we can make the necessary changes.
All articles on this website which are in copyright may be copied for private study or research for non-commercial purposes.
Many of those articles have also been licensed for re-use under certain terms and conditions.
A list of publications, categorised according to the terms and conditions under which they have been made available, appears below. There is also a summary of the permitted uses on each publication’s main page.
Please note that some publications contain articles that are under Crown Copyright. These may be re-used in websites, documents and learning objects for educational and non-commercial purposes. A full list of articles in question appears below.
The following articles and items are protected by Crown Copyright and re-use is not permitted without permission from OPSI.
Titles containing Crown copyright material:
Flintshire Historical Society Journal
Flintshire Historical Society Publications
Journal of the Pembrokeshire Historical Society