Libraries and resources

Our extensive library collection and services allow our researchers to work at the cutting edge of their discipline and receive support to develop their skills.

Our modern libraries are spread across our campuses and feature specialist libraries such as architecture, health, law, music and science.

There are more than 1.3 million books and other resources in the library collection and we offer a rapidly expanding range of online resources. This includes over 30,000 eJournals in full text and 35,000 eBooks, as well as indexes, databases, statistical collections and full text archives.

Shelf detail of the Salisbury library folios.

Researchers can benefit from an extensive collection of unique and distinctive in Special Collections and Archives. Highlights include 100,000 Welsh and Celtic books in the Salisbury Library, over 15,000 British and continental rare books, and modern research archives dedicated to the history of medicine and science.

There are also large collections of historical and modern archives including correspondence, diaries, manuscripts and photographs relating to Edward Thomas, Morfydd Owen, W. G. Collingwood, and more.

A team of dedicated Subject Librarians is available to provide training, help and guidance to assist researchers. Specialist advice on open access publishing, using and accessing Special Collections and Archives, conducting systematic reviews, bibliometrics and measuring impact, and managing references is available from our Information Consultants.

The University Library Service contributes to the Doctoral Academy and the Cardiff Researcher programmes to help researchers develop their research and professional skills. Sessions offered cover: information seeking, current awareness, finding citations data, appraising information and open access publishing.

Open Access

We provide support for researchers on Green, Gold, and Diamond routes to Open Access, and the wider Open Access agenda in UK Higher Education. We're also involved in a variety of projects with both internal and external organisations.

We support researchers by:

  • conducting workshops and provide Open Access advocacy
  • providing advice on funder and post-REF Open Access requirements
  • liaising with researchers and publishers for the payment of Gold Open Access fees from central funds
  • encouraging deposit of research materials into the institutional repository, ORCA
  • checking and report Open Access compliance to funders (RCUK/Wellcome/COAF)
  • promoting the use of Cardiff University Press as a Diamond Open Access initiative
  • working collaboratively with other institutions and organisations to progress the Open Access agenda in the UK (such as off-setting to bring down the 'total cost of publication').

Read our Open Access publications policy for more information:

Cardiff University Open Access publications policy

Cardiff University Open Access publications policy

31 October 2017

Policy governing Cardiff University staff and student research publications, including the institution’s approach to Open Access.


For more information on the services and support we offer to researchers, please contact the team:

Open Access team

Sonja Haerkoenen is our Open Access policy and strategy co-ordinator. You can also contact Sonja directly:

Sonja Haerkoenen

Sonja Haerkoenen

Scholarly Publications Manager

+44 (0)29 2087 0965

Projects we're involved in: