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Arts and Social Studies Library


Arts and Social Studies Library Contact Details

Phone: 029 2087 4818
Extension: Cathays Campus: 74818 / Heath Park Campus: 01798 74818
Fax: 029 2037 1921

Information Services
Cardiff University
PO Box 430
CF24 0DE

Additional information:

The address given above is the postal address for this library. 

The location of the library is:

Arts & Social Studies Library
Colum Drive
CF10 3EU

The Arts and Social Studies Library is located on the Colum Drive site at the junction of Corbett Road, Park Place and Colum Road.

Entry to the building is via card-operated gates: you must have your Cardiff University ID card with you to enter the building. Visitors can sign in after showing valid ID.



  • An Accessible Entrance for assisted entry to the building is located on the west side of the building at lower ground floor level. Entry is staff-mediated, use the intercom by the Entrance.
  • A lift provides access to all floors of the library
  • Two Disabled parking spaces are available close to the Arts and Social Studies Library (by the railway line) which can be accessed from Colum Drive
  • An accessible toilet is provided on the entrance floor
  • Low-level catalogue terminals are available
  • Staff will retrieve books from the shelves, please ask for assistance


Mr Duncan Montgomery

Position:Site Librarian ASSL, Law and Music Libraries and Subject Librarian - History and Archaeology
Telephone: 029 2087 5686Extension: Cathays Campus: 75686 / Heath Park Campus: 01798 75686


Ms Erica Swain

Position:Subject Librarian - English, Communication and Philosophy and Religious and Theological Studies
Telephone: 029 2087 0201Extension: Cathays Campus: 70201 / Heath Park Campus: 01798 70201


Ms Luisa Tramontini

Position:Subject Librarian - European Languages, Translation and Politics, Psychology
Telephone: 029 2087 5691Extension: Cathays Campus: 75691 / Heath Park Campus: 01798 75691


Mrs Helen Price Saunders

Position:Subject Librarian - Welsh
Telephone: 029 2087 0294Extension: Cathays Campus: 70294 / Heath Park Campus: 01798 70294


Ms Sarah Puzey

Position:Subject Librarian - Social Sciences / Planning and Geography
Sarah Puzey
Telephone: 029 2087 0796Extension: Cathays Campus: 70796 / Heath Park Campus: 01798 70796


Mrs Suzanne Hathaway

Position:Library Operations Manager
Telephone: 029 2087 5683Extension: Cathays Campus: 75683 / Heath Park Campus: 01798 75683


Opening Hours


Normal Semester Dates 2014/15 (including both May Bank Holidays)Opening hours
Monday to Thursday8.30 to midnight (study only 21.30 to midnight)
Friday8.30 to 21.30
Saturday10.00 to 17.30
Sunday12.00 to 21.30
Christmas Recess 2014/15Opening hours
Monday 15th to Friday 19th  December9.00 to 17.00
Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st DecemberClosed
Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd December9.00 to 17.00
Wednesday 24th  December to Sunday 4th JanuaryClosed
Easter Recess 2015 Opening hours
Monday 30th March to Thursday 2nd April9.00 to 17.00
Friday 3rd to Monday 6th AprilClosed
Summer Recess 2015* (Monday 15th June to Sunday 20th September) Opening hours
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9.00 to 17.00
Tuesday9.00 to 21.30
Saturday12.00 to 17.00
Monday 31st August (Bank Holiday)Closed

 (Special Collections and Archives [SCOLAR] in ASSL is only open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm each day; it is not open on the weekends or bank holidays).

*Summer hours subject to alteration depending on funding.  There will probably be another 24/7 period as yet undecided.


Further Information

The building is on four floors and the entrance to the building is on the ground floor.

Ground floor

The ground floor has information resources for social and behavioural studies, including psychology, education, sociology, social work and politics. 

Other facilities include:

  • Self-service kiosks for issuing and renewing and a return sorter for self-return of books
  • myPrint Pay Station
  • Short Loan collection containing 1 day loans, Short Loan Reference books and theses
  • Abstracts and Indexes collection and Statistics collection

First floor

Law Library

Second floor

The second (top) floor has information resources for the humanities, including philosophy, religion and theology, archaeology, history, anthropology, art, language and literature, and modern Welsh and Celtic studies. 

Lower ground floor

The lower ground floor is home to: