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Arts and Social Studies Library


  • Contact details and location
  • Access
  • Staff contacts
  • Opening hours
  • Further information

    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.


    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.



    • 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 (staffed services to 21.30)
    Friday8.30 to 21.30
    Saturday10.00 to 17.30
    Sunday12.00 to 21.30
    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 be 24/7 opening around the Spring exam period, dates to be confirmed.


    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: