Library and Archives Service – Archives

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are Archives?

A: Unlike most books and printed material, archives are unique and cannot be replaced. They come in various formats ranging from letters to maps, diaries to deeds, photographs to minute books.

Q: Who can use the Archives?

A: The Archives Department is open to all genuine researchers (not only students and members of staff, but outside users as well)

Q: When are you open?

A: We are open Monday to Friday, 9.00 until 1.00 and 2.00 until 5.00

Q: Do I need to make an appointment?

A: There is usually no need to make an appointment, although it is advisable to telephone or e-mail beforehand if travelling any distance

Q: Do you have the census?

A: We hold microfiche copies of the census for Anglesey for the years 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891 and 1901

Q: Can I make photocopies?

A: The staff can make photocopies, on your behalf, but this service is dependent on the size and condition of material that is to be copied and also on ownership of copyright

Q: Can I donate material?

A: The Archivist must be consulted if you wish to donate material. In most cases, the Department accepts documentation relating to the University and to North Wales in general, although in some cases, exceptions are made. The Archivist reserves the right to refuse material

Q: Who can sponsor a document?

A: Anyone can make a donation towards the conservation of a document housed in the Archives Department, no matter how small the donation. If you have any queries please contact Elen Simpson on



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