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Planning your visit

Before visiting the Library you will need to contact us to discuss the details of your visit. The National Library of Wales Education Service is responsible for visits by schools, groups of students, colleges, families delivering formal education and lifelong learners.

Getting to the Library

The National Library of Wales is located on Penglais Hill in Aberystwyth. Our full postal address is: The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion SY23 3BU. Details of how to travel to the Library by car, train and bus are available on this page. The National Library has designated parking bays for buses and coaches, and convenient disabled parking at the side of the Library.

Information for groups

We hope you enjoy your visit to The National Library of Wales. The following information is for groups visiting the Education Service:

  • When you arrive at Library please come to Reception and inform the staff that you have arrived.
  • The Education Service has a dedicated space where visitors can leave their coats and bags safely.
  • One of the Education rooms can be used as an area where groups that visit us can eat a packed lunch.
  • The Library has a shop that sells items for people of all ages.
  • If your group intends to use the café at the Library you should mention this when arranging your visit.
  • Caffi Pen Dinas sells all sorts of drinks, hot meals, sandwiches, panini, jacket potatoes, soup, home-made cakes and other snacks.
  • Toilets are located in various parts of the Library building, with some next door to the Education rooms.

Accessibility

Information about accessibility can be found on this page. If members of your group will require extra assistance during their visit please mention this when booking.

Health and safety

An alarm will sound in the event of a fire. On hearing the alarm your group should evacuate the building by following the signs to the nearest fire exit. The Education Service will inform you of procedures to follow in the event of a fire when you arrive at The National Library.

If First Aid attention is required at any time during your visit please tell one of the Education Service staff.
Pupils remain the responsibility of the school throughout the visit, including lunch times. Teachers and other school staff are kindly requested to work in partnership with National Library staff to actively supervise children within their care whilst on site.

Please remember that schools are responsible for carrying out their own risk assessments, and that we are unable to fill in, check or sign any sections of school risk assessment forms as these are not our responsibility.

Opening times

The National Library of Wales is open six days a week during the following hours:

  • Monday - Friday 9:30 - 18:00;
  • Saturday 9:30 - 17:00.

To find out whether the Library is open during periods of severe weather you can call 0800 0325 695. More information regarding our opening times and any changes to our usual services can be found on this page.

The Education Service

Send us an email

Telephone: 01970 632913 / 632988 / 632431

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