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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

Our summer opening hours are now in effect.
Our semester hours will resume on 26 September.
  • Please refer to Welsh Government guidance for coronavirus advice, including what to do if you have symptoms, when you are a close contact, or if you need to self-isolate.
  • You must not visit any Cardiff University Library if you have symptoms of or have tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Students and staff should consider wearing a face covering in crowded or enclosed spaces.
Monday 09:00 - 21:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 21:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 21:00
Thursday 09:00 - 21:00
Friday 09:00 - 21:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday Closed

These are the opening hours for this week. View opening times for 2022-23


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

Lower ground
Social sciences, psychology, anthropology, education and politics.
FirstBusiness and economics, law, optometry and vision sciences
SecondHumanities, 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 08:45-21:30, 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 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