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Arts and Social Studies Library

The Arts and Social Studies Library contains collections on business and economics, humanities, languages, law, optometry, music, psychology, social sciences, Welsh and Celtic studies.

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Opening hours

You must not visit any Cardiff University Library if you have symptoms of or have tested positive for COVID-19, or have been told to self-isolate by the NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect (TTP) service.
When entering any of our libraries you will need to scan a Cardiff University QR code to register Test, Trace and Protect information to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. 
All visitors must correctly wear a face-covering (unless exempt).
Monday 08:45 - 21:30
Tuesday 08:45 - 21:30
Wednesday 08:45 - 21:30
Thursday 08:45 - 21:30
Friday 08:45 - 21:30
Saturday 10:00 - 17:30
Sunday 10:00 - 21:30

These are the opening hours for this week.


The building is on four floors and the entrance is on the ground floor.

Lower ground
Social and behavioural studies, including psychology, education, sociology, social work and politics.
FirstBusiness and economics, law, optometry and vision sciences
SecondHumanities, including philosophy, religion and theology, archaeology, history, anthropology, art, language and literature, music, and modern Welsh and Celtic studies

You can contact a subject librarian if you have a subject-specific question, or use our general contact details for any other queries.


  • 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.

Arts and Social Studies Library enquiries

+44 (0)29 2087 4818
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Library location

Arts and Social Studies Library
Colum Drive
CF10 3EU

Postal address

Arts and Social Studies Library (returns)
Colum Drive
CF10 3LB

Subject librarians

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Includes Business, English, Communication and Philosophy, History, Archaeology and Religion, Law and Politics, Modern Languages, Music, Social Sciences, Welsh

College of Biomedical and Life Sciences

Includes Biosciences, Dentistry, Healthcare Sciences, Medicine, Optometry and Vision Sciences, Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Psychology