Exhibitions at The National Library will be reopening for pre-booked slots from Monday 19th of July and we are very much looking forward to welcoming you back to the building.

Your safety and the safety of our staff is our highest priority to reduce the risk of the spread of Covid-19. We have had to change a few things, which may mean your experience is slightly different to what we normally offer but we hope you will enjoy:

How to book your visit

The Library is free to enter, but you must pre-book your visit and present a valid ticket at reception. Our shop and Pendinas Café will also be available as part of your visit on production of a valid ticket.

You can book your morning or afternoon session using our Exhibitions booking system

What we have put in place to keep you safe

  • Limited numbers to our building. 

  • A booking system for our exhibitions (including the Library shop and Pendinas Café) 

  • Front of House staff who have received training on Covid-19 protocols 

  • Clear signage to guide you through the building – some routes may have changed since your last visit

  • Social distancing measures

  • Hand sanitising stations throughout the building

  • Increased cleaning regimes throughout the building

How you can play a part in keeping others safe

  • Please wear a mask and follow social distancing and government guidance when you visit even if you have been vaccinated 

  • If you are showing any of the symptoms of coronavirus, or if you've been in contact with anyone who has the virus in the last 14 days, we request that you don’t visit and enjoy our online resources [https://www.library.wales/discover/nlw-from-home]from home

  • Please don’t be offended if you are refused entry without a valid ticket 

  • Please adhere to the one-way system in the building

  • Please make use of the sanitising stations and wash your hands regularly during your visit

  • We kindly request that young children stay with an adult at all times to ensure that social distancing is maintained

Want to visit our Reading Rooms? 

For information on how to book a ticket for our Reading Room please see our Reading at NLW page.

Guidelines regarding taking photographs at NLW Exhibitions

  • Taking photographs in the galleries is allowed for personal, non-commercial use only. However, the Library reserves the right, at times, not to allow photography for reasons of rights, safety and taste.
  • Each exhibition will have clear signage noting whether or not photography is allowed.
  • Cameras and mobile phones are allowed.
  • Flash photography is not allowed.
  • Tripods are not allowed.
  • It is the visitor’s responsibility not to infringe any laws relating to rights.

Food and Drink

Please be aware that food and drink are not allowed in the Library's exhibition areas.