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Royal Commission Library and Search Room

Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales
Ffordd Penglais, Aberystwyth SY23 3BU
01970 621 200

We’re located within the National Library of Wales building. See How to Find Us (on the left) for directions.

Please leave your coats and bags in the National Library lockers provided. A £1 coin is required, which is returned when you retrieve your belongings from the locker.

Opening Hours

» Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 9:30 to 16:00
» Wednesday: 10:30 to 16:30

Booking ahead is advisable so that we can have your material ready and save you time.

Enquiry Service – Christmas 2020

The enquiry service will be suspended from Thursday 24 December until Monday 4 January 2021. Enquiries and orders received during this period will not be acknowledged or dealt with until after the Christmas break. The Library and Search Room remains closed due to the pandemic, but staff are happy to carry out searches on your behalf. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Library and Search Room Requirements

» When you arrive you’ll be asked to show two forms of ID (showing name and address) or a National Library of Wales Reader’s Ticket. (N.B. you don’t need a NLW Ticket to use the Royal Commission Library and Search Room).

» We’ll ask you to complete and sign a Visitor Form confirming that you accept Royal Commission’s Library and Search Room Rules.

» Please note that food and drink of any kind are not permitted in the Library and Search Room.

» Only pencils may be used in the Library and Search Room.

» Please ensure that mobile phones are either turned off or switched to ‘silent’ mode.

Library and Search Room Services

» As well as access to original material from our Archive, you’ll be able to browse our reference Library and have access to:

  • Coflein – the Royal Commission’s online site database and catalogue;
  • Historic Wales – the map-enabled portal for Welsh historic environment information;
  • GIS – our mapping and aerial photographic search system;
  • The Royal Commission’s Library catalogue.

» You can order photocopies and scans of material, subject to copyright restrictions. See our price list and licence fees for details.

» Photography is permitted in the Search Room subject to certain terms and conditions. See our price list for details.

» Group visits can be arranged on request.

» All Royal Commission publications in print are available to buy.


Our friendly and professional Library and Enquiry Service staff are always available in the Search Room and will be happy to help you. Other specialist Royal Commission staff may also be available upon request, depending on their commitments.

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