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Architecture Library


Architecture Library Contact Details

Phone: 029 2087 5974
Extension: Cathays Campus: 75974 / Heath Park Campus: 01798 75974

Information Services
Cardiff University
King Edward VII Avenue
CF10 3NB

Additional information:

The Architecture Library is situated on the second floor of the Bute Building on King Edward VII Avenue.


Book a group study room online!

Book a group study room online by completing the online booking form (Cardiff University username and password required). 


  • bookings can only be made for a maximum of 2 hours
  • consecutive bookings are not allowed

All room bookings are subject to our general Code of Conduct. Please note, other local policies may apply in some rooms.


  • Located on the second floor of the Bute Building, there is lift access from the ground floor and lower ground floor
  • There are two reserved disabled parking spaces in the Bute car park. The side door from the car park is the main entrance route for wheelchair users
  • An accessible toilet is situated on the first floor landing
  • The library has low-level library catalogue terminals
  • Staff will retrieve books from the shelves, please ask for assistance


Mrs Helen Staffer

Position:Library Customer Services Manager
Telephone: 029 2087 5686Extension: 75686

Ms Sarah Nicholas

Position:Subject Librarian - Architecture
Sarah Nicholas
Telephone: 029 2087 0796Extension: Cathays Campus: 70796 / Heath Park Campus: 01798 70796

Mrs Jean Bool

Position:Library Operations Manager
Telephone: 029 2087 4611 Extension: Cathays Campus: 74611 / Heath Park Campus: 01798 74611

Opening Hours

Normal Semester Dates 2015/16 (including both May Bank Holidays) Opening Hours
Monday to Friday8.45 to 21.30
Saturday10.00 to 17.30
Sunday10.00 to 17.30
Christmas Recess 2015/16 Opening Hours
Monday 14th to Friday 18th December8.45 to 17.00
Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th DecemberClosed
Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd December  8.45 to 17.00
Wednesday 23rd December  8.45 to 16.00
Thursday 24th to Sunday 3rd JanuaryClosed
Monday 4th January onwardsNormal semester opening hours
Easter Recess 2016 Opening Hours
Monday 21st to Thursday 24th March8.45 to 17.00
Friday 25th to Monday 28th March  Closed
Tuesday 29th March onwardsNormal semester opening hours
Summer Recess 2016 (Monday 13th June to Sunday 18th  September 2016) Opening Hours
Monday to Friday8.45 to 17.00
Saturday and SundayClosed
Monday 31st August (Bank Holiday)Closed

Further information

The Architecture Library provides information services to the Welsh School of Architecture.

The library collection is arranged as follows:

Entrance area

  • Architecture books
  • Current journals
  • Theses and dissertations arranged alphabetically by author
  • Audio-visual collection
  • Professional Studies collection
  • Folios
  • Rare Book collection

Mezzanine floor

  • Architecture journals
  • Trade literature
  • Reference collection
  • Abstracts and indexes
  • Examination papers

Lower floor

  • Architecture journals

The library also houses the following collections:

RIBA Trade Literature Collection

This reference collection, provided by the Royal Institute of British Architects, consists of technical literature and building product manufacturer and supplier catalogues.

Rare Book Collection

The core of the collection is a gift of books dating back to the early eighteenth century from the library of Robert Williams FRIBA. The collection also contains a growing number of items relating to the architecture of the twentieth century. Books may be viewed by appointment Monday - Friday 9.00 - 17.00.

Bute Graphic Services

Located on the ground floor of the Bute Building. Staff offer a number of services which include:

  • Colour printing /scanning up to A0
  • Laminating up to A3 
  • Soft binding 
  • Stationery/stamps. 

Opening times: Monday to Friday 9.00am – 4.45pm (closed for lunch 12.00pm – 1.00pm).  More information available from Graphic Services.

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