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Bute Library Contact Details

Phone: 029 2087 4611
Extension: Cathays Campus: 74611 / Heath Park Campus: 01798 74611

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:

Bute Building
King Edward VII Avenue
CF10 3NB


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


Access the Bute & Architecture Library Blog

A floor plan of the Bute Library can be viewed here. A floor plan of the Architecture Library can be viewed here. Visit the Cardiff University Library News Blog.

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.


  • Situated on the first floor of the Bute Building
  • An adjacent lift provides access from the ground floor and lower ground floor
  • Two reserved disabled parking spaces are provided 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
  • Low-level library catalogue terminals are available
  • 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 Rebecca Mogg

Position:Education Lead
Rebecca Mogg
Telephone: 029 2087 5290Extension: Cathays Campus: 75290 / Heath Park Campus: 01798 75290

Ms Sarah Nicholas

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

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

Mr Andrew Blackmore

Position:Subject Librarian - English Literature / Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies / Continuing & Professional Education
Telephone: Bute: 029 2087 0796 / Senghennydd: 029 2087 4158Extension: Bute: 70796 / Senghennydd: 74158

Mrs Zoe Young

Position:Subject Librarian - Optometry and Pharmacy. Works: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.
Zoe Young
Telephone: Bute: 029 2087 0796 / Law Library: 029 2087 4971Extension: Bute: 70796 / Law Library: 74971

Ms Catherine Borwick

Position:Subject Librarian - Optometry and Pharmacy. Works: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.
Cath Borwick
Telephone: Bute: 029 2087 0796 / Law Library: 029 2087 4971Extension: Bute: 70796 / Law Library: 74971

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  December 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 MarchClosed
Tuesday 29th March onwardsNormal semester opening hours
Summer Recess 2016 (Monday 13th June to Sunday 18th  September) Opening Hours
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday8.45 to 17.00
Thursday8.45 to 20.00
Saturday and SundayClosed
Monday 31st August (Bank Holiday)Closed



Further information

The library collection is arranged as follows:

North corridor

  • Planning and Geography books and journals

South corridor

  • Journalism and Media Studies books and journals
  • Newspapers
  • Social Sciences books
  • Photocopy collection

Entrance area

  • Daily newspapers
  • Laptop lounge
  • Reference collection
  • Pharmacy books
  • Pharmacy journals

Entrance Area Gallery

  • Planning statistics
  • Abstracts and Indexes
  • Examination papers
  • Videos and DVDs
  • Theses and dissertations arranged alphabetically by author

The following special collections are available in Bute Library:


The library subscribes to all British national daily and weekend newspapers as well as the Western Mail and South Wales Echo. These are held for one year in the Newspaper Room in the South corridor.

Online versions of these and many other newspapers are available through the Nexis service.

Bute Library also has the archive of the Observer (1900 - 2002) and the Daily Express (1974-1978) available on microfilm.

Those titles not available on campus can be accessed at British Library Newspapers in London, which is the national archive of British and overseas newspapers. As it is not possible to view these newspapers online from the British Library a personal visit will be necessary.

Osman Collection

The Osman Collection is named after Colin Osman, long-time Editor of Creative Camera and associate of Tom Hopkinson when he was editor of the South African journal, Drum. His collection of historic magazines, books, sound-recordings and photojournalism was acquired by the Tom Hopkinson Centre for Media Research to form the basis of its research archive. For further details, see The Osman Collection.

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 A0
  • Stationery/stamps.

Opening times: Monday to Friday 9.00am – 4.45pm (closed for lunch 12.00pm – 1.00pm).

Tel: 029 2087 5985

More information available from Graphic Services.

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