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National Library of Wales

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Address: , Aberystwyth, Wales
Phone Number: 01970-632-800
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More than books

A number of exhibitions - check the website - makes this an informative location if books written in Welsh are not your thing.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
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South Wales
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

So the title says it all really. I kind of expected to see books as this is the national library but this is not the case. The building is splendid, as to is the setting, situated, as it is, on the hill overlooking the town, the receptionist was very friendly and helpful, the exhibitions we saw were pretty good actually... More 

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Hastings, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

The way the leaflet reads, this appears to be a tourist attraction with access to the things mentioned in the leaflet. However we wandered around the few unengaging exhibitions, then tried to look at the books. We weren't allowed near the stacks, we had to stand at the reading room reception desk as we weren't ticket holders. We gazed round... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

A number of exhibitions - check the website - makes this an informative location if books written in Welsh are not your thing.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

You will find in this library the most comprehensive record of the Welsh nation, and indeed, the Welsh language material is irreplaceable and stands as a testament to our existence and survival as a people. There are always interesting exhibitions to see, and the place is as much a museum as it a library.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Made a very fruitful stop at the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth. Staff extremely helpful and accommodating in helping me find and review primary source research I was doing for an upcoming paper. Thanks NLW.

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Rochester, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Combination of Smithsonian and the U.S. Library of Congress. The old and the new in one place. Interesting to see ho the NLW protests their treasured artifacts - that alone make the visit worthwhile.

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Telford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Lovely building with amazing views over cardigan bay ...really enjoyed the Dylan Thomas exhibition..Will be visiting again soon

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Peel, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

On being shown around the town of Aberystwyth by a friend we popped in to the Library for a bite to eat/cup of coffee and, rather cheekily, to use their wi-fi. We were told this was not possible unless we were "a reader". What did this entail? Well we were sat down by a charming young lady in front of... More 

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Cardiff
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

There is not a lot to do in Aberystwyth but visitors will notice the imposing building overlooking the town. It is well worth visiting as this is the hallowed shrine to Welsh culture. It has been built at great expense and there is a reverent quietness about it as you glide over the deep carpets. It is quiet and the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Saw the Jones Griffiths photographic exhibition which was thought provoking and very well displayed.

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