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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the Welsh Library?

The Welsh Library reading room, is known as the Shankland Reading Room. It is located on the second floor of the Main Library.

How is the reading room arranged?

The first few alcoves on either side of the Shankland reading room house the reference collection. The Welsh Library can be found after the gates. The Welsh reference and the Welsh large books are situated at the far end of the room.

How can I see a rare book?

You must fill in an application form at the library issue desk if you wish to consult any item amongst the rare books and special collections. The item can then be seen at the Archives. (Remember that the Archives is open Monday to Friday, 9.00 until 1.00 and 2.00 until 5.00)

How long will it take for a rare book to be collected?

Items will be collected and taken to the Archives for consultation daily at 11 am. In an emergency, library staff will, when possible, make items available on request. However it is always good practice to contact us before a visit.


Can I make photocopies?

The staff can make photocopies on your behalf within copyright terms. This service however is dependent on the size and condition of the material.

The price for photocopying is 40p per page for students and 45p per page for non-student