We have over 1.3 million books and journals in our libraries and a continually growing range of online resources.
Our modern libraries are spread across our campuses and feature specialist libraries such as architecture, health, law, music and science. We subscribe to thousands of electronic journals and books and hundreds of databases.
Our Special Collections preserve, promote and develop our historical and special research resources. They range across topics including Welsh, humanities and social sciences, music, science and medicine.
We also offer access to substantial information about the European Union and the wider Europe, both in paper and electronic form, in the European Documentation Centre.
We have many unique print collections in our libraries in addition to those held in our special collections.
British national daily and weekend newspapers
The Bute 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. Bute Library also has the archive of the Observer (1900-2002) and the Daily Express (1974-1978) available on microfilm.
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. The collection includes historic magazines, books, sound-recordings and photojournalism and can be accessed via the Bute Library.
The Cochrane Archive is a comprehensive record of the life, work and achievements of Archibald Leman Cochrane CBE FRCP FFCM (1909-1988). The Archive includes photographs, personal items and professional papers providing a rich resource for research on Archie Cochrane’s life and professional career.
To visit the Cochrane Archive collection, please contact the Honorary Curator, Ms Rosemary Soper, at the Archie Cochrane Library.
Purchase a copy of ‘One Man’s Medicine: An Autobiography of Professor Archie Cochrane’, published as part of our celebrations of the centenary of Professor Cochrane's birth.
Architecture 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 09:00-17:00, please contact the Architecture Library.