Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru

Last updated  18th June 2008
Name of library Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru
Address  Penglais, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3BU
Telephone  01970 632800
Fax  01970 615709
E-mail  holi@llgc.org.uk
Website  http://www.llgc.org.uk
Alternative names  The National Library of Wales
Contact & Job Title  
Purpose & main user community of the library  National Library
Terms of access  Reader’s pass required
Opening hours  M-F 09.30-18.00, Sa 09.30-17.00
Disabled access  No major difficulties
Lending to other libraries & visitors  Via ILL, but only for duplicate copies of Welsh/Celtic material.
Number of volumes  150,000
Periodical titles – Back issues  600
Current Periodicals  110
Other materials  The library has for many years subscribed to the three series of commercially produced microfilm of British books 1475-1800. A considerable proportion of the filmed material is theological. A considerable collection of CD-ROMs. Also manuscripts, archives, microfilms, sound and moving images, maps, pictures and photographs. Archives:
Church in Wales: records of all Welsh dioceses; Calvinistic Methodist Archives: records of the Presbyterian Church of Wales; Significant amounts of records for Baptists, Congregationalists, and Wesleyan Methodists.
Volumes added per year  Extensive additions because copyright library – right of deposit
Coverage  Exceptionally strong in the context of Wales (material in Welsh and other languages). All other aspects covered.
Special Collections  Includes portions of the following theological libraries: Baptist College Library, Bangor, North Wales; Carmarthen Presbyterian College Library; Congregational Memorial College Library, Swansea; Presbyterian Church of Wales, Foreign Mission Library, Liverpool; Trefeca Pre-Theological College Library: Including the library of Howel Harris 1714-1773; United College of the Calvinistic Methodists Library, Aberystwyth; Llandaff Cathdral Library: a small portion including the more valuable and rare books; St Asaph Cathedral Library: the greater part of the collection; Thomas Witton Davies (1851-1923) Collection: Includes texts in the Hebrew language and Semitic literature; Dr Lewis Evans (1898-1978) Collection: books and pamphlets chiefly concerning Morgan Llwyd, the Welsh Puritan and Jacob Boehme, the German mystic (ca. 100 vols.); Gwilym Owen (1886-1979) Collection: Theological books in the English language published in the USA; Dr Rowland Williams (1817-1870) Collection: Mainly on OT studies, including texts in Hebrew and Syriac and also works on Church of England doctrine; Calvinistic Methodist Archives: relating to the history of Welsh Calvinistic Methodism (includes some printed books), records of the Presbyterian Church of Wales; Edmund Jones (1702-1793) Collection: Congregational minister’s library. The library has acquired the remains of the following Bray Libraries: Darowen (Powys) Parochial Library; Llanboidy (Carmarthenshire) Parochial Library. Church in Wales: records of all Welsh dioceses. Significant amounts of records for Baptists, Congregationalists, and Wesleyan Methodists. EEBO Early Books Online Eighteenth Century Collections Online
Manuscripts  
Research resource  Theological/Religious studies in the context of Wales. Strong also as a resource for Theology/Religious studies in the context of Britain as a whole. A considerable amount of material held.
Catalogue Type  Computer, microfiche (of old card catalogue)
URL of catalogue  http://www.llgc.org.uk
Other facilities  Photocopying, Microfilming, Digitisation, internet access
Full Time Staff  266
Part Time Staff  39
Voluntary Staff  
Changes in next five years affecting the above  
Anything else about the library  The National Library of Wales is no longer the headquarters for an inter-lending scheme.