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.[2][3] As the primary research library and archive in Wales[4] and one of the largest research libraries in the United Kingdom, the National Library is a member of Research Libraries UK (RLUK)[5] and the Consortium of European Research Libraries (CERL).[6]

The National Library of Wales
Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru
The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth
TypeNational Library
Reference to legal mandateEstablished by Royal Charter on 19 March 1907. Supplemental Charters were given to the Library in 1911, 1978 and 2006
Coordinates52°24′52″N 4°4′8″W
Items collectedPrinted Works, Maps, Archives, Manuscripts, Audio Visual Material, Photographs, Paintings
Size5M Books, 1M Maps, 800,000 Photographs, 50,000 Works of Art
Criteria for collectionAcquisition through purchase, bequest and legal deposit
Legal depositYes
Access and use
Access requirementsLibrary open to all. Access to reading rooms restricted to over 16s without prior permission.
Other information
Budget£9.89 million (2020-21)[1]
DirectorPedr ap Llwyd
Staffaround 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.[7] Welsh is the Library's main medium of communication but it does, however, aim to deliver all public services in Welsh and English.[8] 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.[9][10]