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Arts and Social Studies Library

The Arts and Social Studies Library contains collections on humanities, languages, psychology, social sciences, Welsh and Celtic studies.

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Opening hours

Access to the library outside staffed hours is by valid Cardiff University ID card only.
During 24/7 opening hours in the semester, staffed services are available at the following times:
Monday-Friday 08:30-21:30
Saturday 10:00-17:30
Sunday 12:00-21:30.
Monday 24 hours
Tuesday 24 hours
Wednesday 24 hours
Thursday 24 hours
Friday 24 hours
Saturday 24 hours
Sunday 24 hours

These are the opening hours for this week. View opening times for 2019-20


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

Lower ground
Ground Social and behavioural studies, including psychology, education, sociology, social work and politics. Short Loan collection. myPrint pay station
FirstLaw, optometry and vision sciences
Second Humanities, including philosophy, religion and theology, archaeology, history, anthropology, art, language and literature, and modern Welsh and Celtic studies


Entry to the building is via card-operated gates. Please note: Reference ID card holders and other visitors are permitted access to the building during staffed service hours only.

  • 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

McKenzie House
30-36 Newport Road
CF24 0DE

Subject librarians

Lindsay Roberts

Library Team Leader (College of Biomedical and Life Sciences), Subject Librarian (Medicine / Psychology)

Erica Swain

Subject Librarian (Language and Communication / English Literature / Critical and Cultural Theory / Philosophy)

Luisa Tramontini

Subject Librarian (Modern Languages / Politics)

Helen Price Saunders

Subject Librarian (Welsh)

Andrew Blackmore

Subject Librarian (Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies / Continuing & Professional Education) and Subject Librarian contact for the School of Social Sciences

Alison Weightman

Temporary Subject Librarian (Ancient History / History / Archaeology / Religious Studies and Theology)

Georgy Hadwen

Assistant Subject Librarian