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General building opening times

  • Monday - Friday: 09:00 - 18:00
  • Saturday: 09:30 - 17:00

Detailed opening times and changes

How to get to NLW

  • We have a designated car park. 
  • Aberystwyth has a train station and bus station, with a taxi rank next to them
  • You can walk to the Library from town, however, it would mean a steep climb up Penglais Hill. It should take around 20 minutes

Further details on getting to NLW

Using the Reading Room

Anyone over 16 can register to use our Reading Rooms. By joining, you will gain access to all the Library's collections, use of our magnificent Reading Room, use of Reading Room computers and help from our friendly and knowledgeable staff.

  • You must register as a reader to gain access to our Reading Room
  • You need to show 2 forms of identification (one including your current address) to get a full reader's ticket

You can only order items to view in the Reading Room on the Main Catalogue and NLW Archive and Manuscripts.

Register and use the Reading Room

Facilities and Accessibility

It's very important to us that everybody's visit to the Library is as enjoyable as possible.

  • The main enterance is on the ground floor and its fully accessible
  • There are 2 lifts which you can use to access all public areas
  • You can borrow a wheelchair during your visit
  • Accessible toilets are available on the ground and main floor
  • There is a range of specialist equipment in our Reading Room to help you with your research

Learn about the accessibility of the Library building

Toilets and lockers

There are lockers available (you will need a £1 piece) to store your coats and bags while you visit the Library. Please note that you can't take coats or bags into the Reading Room, these will need to be stored in our lockers.


Our shop is located on the ground floor near the reception. It offers a variety of goods based on our collections, books and tasteful gifts. The Library is a charity, so every items bought in our shops supports us.

Pen Dinas Café

Pen Dinas café is also on the ground floor. It offers a selection of meals and drinks in a  comfortable atmosphere. With a selection of dining tables and comfortable lounging chairs with views of beautiful Cardigan Bay.