Welcome to the Library of Amgueddfa Cymru — National Museum Wales

National Museum Wales Library

We support the work of the Museum's curatorial staff, but also provide access to external researchers by appointment.

The contents of our Library reflect the diverse nature of Amgueddfa Cymru's collections, covering subjects such as:

Fine and Applied Art
Industrial and Social History
The Natural Sciences
Museum Studies

Following the foundation of the National Museum of Wales, the first Librarian was appointed in 1914, three years after construction work on the Museum began.

The initial collection of the Library moved in the 1920's into a purpose built library, but material pertinent to the individual departments later moved out to form a number of departmental libraries.

The original room is now used as the Main or General Library, housed in National Museum Cardiff.

Besides the general reference material and the museology collection, the Main Library holds all the pre-1701 books in the Library, together with a number of other special collections such as the Willoughby Gardner collection of early natural history books.

The Museum sites with libraries accessible for research by appointment are:

National Museum Cardiff
St Fagans National History Museum
National Slate Museum
National Roman Legion Museum
National Wool Museum
National Waterfront Museum
The National Collections Centre in Nantgarw.

The Main Library staff consists of three full time and two part time members, and there is also a member of staff based in St Fagans.

Choose a category below to find out more about the Library's collections:

Departmental Collections

Special Collections

Associated Collections

For information on how to access the collections see Services.

Contact Us if you have an enquiry.

  • National Museum Cardiff

    National Museum Cardiff

    Discover art, natural history and geology. With a busy programme of exhibitions and events, we have something to amaze everyone, whatever your interest – and admission is free!

  • St Fagans National History Museum

    St Fagans

    St Fagans is one of Europe's foremost open-air museums and Wales's most popular heritage attraction.

  • Big Pit National Coal Museum

    Big Pit

    Big Pit is a real coal mine and one of Britain's leading mining museums. With facilities to educate and entertain all ages, Big Pit is an exciting and informative day out.

  • National Wool Museum

    National Wool Museum

    Located in the historic former Cambrian Mills, the Museum is a special place with a spellbinding story to tell.

  • National Roman Legion Museum

    National Roman Legion Museum

    In AD 75, the Romans built a fortress at Caerleon that would guard the region for over 200 years. Today at the National Roman Legion Museum you can learn what made the Romans a formidable force and how life wouldn't be the same without them.

  • National Slate Museum

    National Slate Museum

    The National Slate Museum offers a day full of enjoyment and education in a dramatically beautiful landscape on the shores of Llyn Padarn.

  • National Waterfront Museum

    National Waterfront Museum

    The National Waterfront Museum at Swansea tells the story of industry and innovation in Wales, now and over the last 300 years.

  • Rhagor: Explore our collections

    Rhagor (Welsh for ‘more’) offers unprecedented access to the amazing stories that lie behind our collections.