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National Library of Wales

A view of the National Library of Wales

The National Library of Wales collects and preserves material relating to Wales and the other Celtic nations.

The National Library of Wales (NLW) is an Welsh Government Sponsored Body (WGSB) and located in Aberystwyth. It plays an important role in the cultural and educational life of Wales. It is one of six legal deposit libraries within the United Kingdom and Ireland.

The Library was established by Royal Charter in 1907. Its main functions are to:

  • collect and preserve
    - the intellectual record of Wales, in many different media;
    - a vast collection of printed material published mainly through its status as a legal deposit 'copyright' library.
  • give access to this information and knowledge to a wide variety of people.

Typical users of the Library’s services include:

  • researchers
  • students
  • businesses
  • family and local historians

You can find out more by visiting the National Library website.

CyMAL: Museums Archives and Libraries Wales is responsible for policy and operational work relating to the National Library of Wales

Remit Letter

Every year the Welsh Government issues a  Remit Letter to NLW. The letter sets out NLW’s role in relation to the Government’s strategic agenda. This includes details of the priorities and outputs expected as well as how much funding will be provided. The remit letter can be accessed by clicking on "Remit Letters" on the left hand side of this page.