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Central Library Hub

Local Studies

The Local Studies department is now located at Cathays Branch and Heritage Library.

Manuscripts are available at Central Library by appointment only.

Please call 029 2038 2116 to make an appointment.

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Services available


  • Advice Hub
  • Over 90 public computers with free internet access. Book a PCExternal link opens in a new window .
  • Printing
  • DVDs
  • Music CDs
  • Talking books
  • Newspapers
  • Online services
  • 10,000 Welsh language publications
  • 10,000 community language publications
  • Free WiFi
  • Photocopying
  • Scanning
  • Fax machine
  • 2 listening hubs
  • 4 visual needs pods
  • Archives
  • Quick drop off service and online renewal
  • Reading and relaxation area
  • Meeting rooms for hire, ICT room
  • White grand piano. Book a time slot to play piano


Reading groups and activities


  • Story time, Rhyme time or Language and Play (LAP) sessions for under 5s
  • Reading groups meet regularly throughout the year
  • Conversation club in English for speakers of other languages (ESOL)
  • Free live music gigs on Saturdays
  • Glamorgan family history society sessions
  • E-reference group – help with using the library online resources


For details of any additional events or further details of any of our existing services, facilities, and activities please contact us.


Opening Hours


Monday​ 9:00am - 6:00pm​
Tuesday​ 9:00am - 6:00pm​
9:00am - 6:00pm
Thursday​ 10:00am - 7:00pm​
Friday​ 9:00am - 6:00pm​
Saturday​ 9:00am - 5:30pm​
Sunday​ Closed​

How to find us



The Hayes
CF10 1FL


Public transport: See Cardiff BusExternal link opens in a new window for local routes or visit TravelineCymruExternal link opens in a new window to plan your journey online.

Parking: Not available on site. Several city centre car parks within walking distance.


Library enquiries – 029 2038 2116
Advice Hub enquiries - 029 2087 1000