National Library of Wales
The National Library of Wales (Welsh: Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru), Aberystwyth, is the national legal deposit library of Wales and is one of the Welsh Government sponsored bodies. It is the biggest library in Wales, holding over 6.5 million books and periodicals, and the largest collections of archives, portraits, maps and photographic images in Wales. The Library is also home to the national collection of Welsh manuscripts, the National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales, and the most comprehensive collection of paintings and topographical prints in Wales. As the primary research library and archive in Wales and one of the largest research libraries in the United Kingdom, the National Library is a member of Research Libraries UK (RLUK) and the Consortium of European Research Libraries (CERL).
|Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru|
|Reference to legal mandate||Established by Royal Charter on 19 March 1907. Supplemental Charters were given to the Library in 1911, 1978 and 2006|
|Items collected||Printed Works, Maps, Archives, Manuscripts, Audio Visual Material, Photographs, Paintings|
|Size||5M Books, 1M Maps, 800,000 Photographs, 50,000 Works of Art|
|Criteria for collection||Acquisition through purchase, bequest and legal deposit|
|Access and use|
|Access requirements||Library open to all. Access to reading rooms restricted to over 16s without prior permission.|
|Budget||£9.89 million (2020-21)|
|Director||Pedr ap Llwyd|
|Staff||around 230 FTE|
At the very core of the National Library of Wales is the mission to collect and preserve materials related to Wales and Welsh life and those which can be utilised by the people of Wales for study and research. Welsh is the Library's main medium of communication but it does, however, aim to deliver all public services in Welsh and English. In January 2015 the Library, in partnership with Wikimedia UK, appointed a full-time Wikipedian in Residence with the aim of developing further its resources on an open licence, to a worldwide audience.