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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

The Arts and Social Studies Library will be closed 05.30 - 10.30 on Saturday 13 April due to essential electrical maintenance.
Access to the library outside staffed hours is by valid Cardiff University ID card only.
Normal semester staffed services:
Monday to Friday 08:30-21:30
Saturday 10:00-17:30
Sunday 10:00-21:30
Monday 24 hours
Tuesday 24 hours
Wednesday 24 hours
Thursday 24 hours
Friday 24 hours
Saturday 10:30 - 23:59
Sunday 24 hours

These are the opening hours for this week. View opening times for 2023-24


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

Lower ground
Social sciences, psychology, anthropology, education and politics.
First Business and economics, law, optometry and vision sciences
Second Humanities, including philosophy, religion and theology, archaeology, history, 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.


The library is open to all Monday to Friday 08:30-21:30, Saturday 10:00-17:30 and Sunday 10:00-21:30. A valid Cardiff University ID card is required for access outside these hours.

  • 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 4971
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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