Celebrating Libraries Week!
The Royal Commission Library is celebrating UK Libraries Week as an opportunity to show how libraries can enrich people’s lives. At the Commission we provide a free, professional, bilingual service for users who visit us at our premises in the National Library of Wales or who contact us online or by post. Housed in our search room you will find our specialist library containing a wonderful collection of books, journals, guides and maps relating to all aspects of the built heritage of Wales. In particular, publications of Welsh interest can be found covering the geology of Wales, its topography, archaeology and architecture. There are local, county and national studies that offer context, interpretation and explanation for the way Wales has developed. Reports and works of reference place the Welsh story in British, European and global contexts. So whether you are interested in the Romans or in the Middle Ages, in specific architectural features such as stained glass or cruck frames, in how the industrial revolution took hold and shaped Wales or how nonconformity manifested itself, you will find a book that aids your research in the Royal Commission’s library. Click here to search the Royal Commission’s Library Catalogue and extensive archive of maps, photographs, drawings and special collections.
We are open every weekday from 9.30am to 4pm (apart from Wednesday when we are open from 10.30am to 4.30pm). As an open access reference library, we particularly welcome visits from schools and community groups interested in finding out more about their local areas. Film and television companies regularly use the Library’s services to research their programmes. Our specialist knowledge of Welsh historic environment sources of information is the result of many years of providing support to users and we are always looking for new ways to promote and encourage the use of our library resources, increasingly through digital access. The Commission’s digital information services complement our printed collections and together they provide a fantastic information source on Wales’ unique heritage and history – well worth celebrating during Libraries Week!