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New Opening Hours for our Library and Search Room 

From the beginning of June, we are changing the opening hours of our publicly accessible Library and Search Room. We will now be open every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:30 until 16:30. We will no longer be open to the public on Mondays, although we will have slightly longer opening hours on the days when we are open.  The Library and Search Room will still be available for group visits, quiet sessions and virtual consultations on Mondays and Fridays. 

Going forward, we may take longer to respond to emails and phone calls, but we will use the additional day of closure to continue to enhance and deliver our remote enquiry service, reducing the need for researchers to travel to Aberystwyth to consult our records in person. We will continue to welcome researchers to the Library and Search Room on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, when they can view the physical archives, browse our specialist library, speak with our expert staff, and use our public computers and GIS system. 

Photo showing interior of Royal Commission Library and Search Room.

The Commission’s Library is a browsable, specialist research library. As part of the National Monuments Record of Wales, it is open to everyone to use, although books cannot be borrowed by the general public. The online catalogue can be searched here. The Library is housed in our Search Room, located in the National Library of Wales, where anyone can come to view items from our archives and consult our electronic records and resources. Our Search Room is staffed by friendly professionals, who are available to provide assistance and guidance to researchers of all ages and abilities. We welcome spontaneous visitors; however, if you wish to view a large number of archive items or items from our extensive aerial photography collections, prior booking is essential. We also welcome group visits from schools, universities, local and community groups, and others, and it is hoped that the revised opening hours will allow us to deliver these with less disruption to other users. We also offer bookable quiet sessions for individuals or groups who may need them. 

There is an ongoing review of our Library and Enquiries Service to ensure that we are able to offer a deliverable service which best meets the needs of both professional researchers and the general public. We plan to adjust several of our services to make our collections more readily accessible and usable by everyone. For example, we have now made the site data from the National Monuments Record of Wales, including links to the long text descriptions for sites, freely available under an Open Government Licence from both Historic Wales and DatamapWales. This means that anyone, including heritage and planning professionals, can access and download the data and use it to carry out their own searches and produce their own datasets without having to wait in our enquiries ‘queue’. We plan to introduce further changes in this vein in the near future, in order to offset the changed opening hours. In the meantime, we appreciate your patience. 

Library and Enquiries Service 

May 2024   


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