Cultural Organisation

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru / The National Library of Wales

Aberystwyth, United Kingdom


  • Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru / The National Library of Wales
  • Aberystwyth
  • Wales
  • SY23 3BU
  • United Kingdom

Opening times

General Opening Hours
Monday - Friday 9:00 - 18:00
Saturday 9:30 - 17:00

Monday - Friday 9:30 - 17:00
Saturday 9:30 - 16:45


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The Library is situated in Aberystwyth, on the Ceredigion coast, and must have one of the best views of any Library in the world, looking out over Cardigan Bay.  The National Library of Wales' purpose is to make our culture and heritage accessible to all to learn, research and enjoy.

The Library collects pictures that illustrate or portray places in Wales, people of Welsh background who live in Wales and other places, as well as individuals who have played a part in Wales’ history or life.  Items are received into the collection through purchases at auctions, acquisitions from the public, through galleries or directly through the artists. The Library also receives pictures as gifts or bequests.  The collection includes images in various media, from classical oil paintings to original cartoons for newspapers, and by now, digital images.

The Library also houses over 950,000 photographs connected to Wales. These range from works by pioneering photographers from the earliest days of photography to portfolios by contemporary practitioners of the art.  The collection comprises mostly images connected to Wales. This includes views of Wales, the work of Welsh photographers and photographs of Welsh personalities.

Exhibiting Artists