Temporary Closure
Please note that due to refurbishment works, Central Library will be closed on Monday 20th April and will reopen on Tuesday 5th May 2015. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Service interruption
Due to essential work taking place, only Floors 0-4 are open. Floor 5 will remain closed until further notice.

Holds/reservations on Central Library stock (with the exception of Children’s stock based on Floor 1) will not be available from Monday 13th April to 17th July 2015. Please note that dates may be subject to change.

The Arts & Media section will be unavailable from 18th April to 8th June 2015.

Life Sciences,  Science & Technology,  Business Studies and Law will be unavailable from 18th April to 17th July 2015.

We apologise for any inconvenience.  (Updated 31st March 2015)

Local Studies

The Local Studies department is now available on a temporary basis at Local Studies & Library Support Services, Dominions Way, Newport Road, Cardiff CF24 1RF. 
9.30am-4.30pm, Monday to Friday. No appointment necessary.
Free car parking and on Cardiff Bus routes including 44/45 and 49/50.
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Enquiries: 029 20872907


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Services available


  • 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.
  • Europe Direct


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)
  • Welsh scrabble club for learners of the Welsh language
  • Free love 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​
Thursday​ 9:00am - 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.


02920 382116