Libraries and resources

Our extensive library collection allows our researchers to work at the cutting edge of their discipline.

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 around 29,000 eJournals in full text and 730,000 eBooks, as well as indexes, databases, statistical collections and full text archives.

Cardiff rare books collection
Cardiff rare books collection

Researchers benefit from an extensive range of specialist collections, including the Salisbury Collection of Welsh and Celtic material, Cardiff Rare Books Collection of British and European works from 1500 and a varied collection of incunabula (early printed books) from the 1470s to 1500, the international Cochrane Evidence-based Medicine Archive and the European Documentation Centre.

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

4 July 2016

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:

Support for systematic review

Systematic reviews are an exhaustive summary of the high quality literature on a particular topic. Our Specialist Unit for Review Evidence teaches systematic review methods. They also support researchers in identifying, evaluating and summarising current, reliable evidence on their behalf.