Hugh Owen Library

The Hugh Owen Library is the main University Library and the centre of administration for Information Services. Based on Penglais campus [location], it provides a space to study, whether you wish to study quietly on your own or with others. A range of facilities are provided both to help you with your studies and for quiet relaxation.

Opening hours

Our opening hours are available here

Please note that:

  • You need your Aber Card to swipe in AND out of the Hugh Owen Library betwen 9pm and 8am.
  • Level F closes 30 minutes before the advertised library closing time.
  • Level E closes 15 minutes before the advertised library closing time.


The Hugh Owen Library's collections cover the humanities, social sciences, biological and earth sciences and include:

Information on borrowing from the library's collections can be found on this page.

Floor plans


The Hugh Owen Library offers 141 PC spaces and 632 study spaces, of which

  • 245 study spaces are in quiet group study areas
  • 374 study spaces are in silent study area and
  • 13 study spaces are in individual carrels.


  • There is an accessible entrance/exit to the library on Level E for wheelchair users or users with mobility issues. Please contact Student Support Services to arrange access via your Aber Card as required.
  • A lift is available for access to other floors for users with mobility issues, and is located adjacent to the Enquiry Desk. Please ask at the Enquiry Desk for assistance.
  • Disabled toilet facilities are located on Level E.
  • Induction loops are available at the Enquiry desks.
  • Coloured overlays and magnifiers are available to borrow from the Enquiry Desk
  • There is a dedicated Green Card area on level E, with lockers available
  • There is a Green Card Carrel
  • We can arrange to fetch and deliver reading or other materials within the Library, ready for collection or personal study.
  • The Fire Alarms are both the Klaxon and bell types and it is essential that the lift should not be used when the fire alarm is in operation.
  • Please contact Student Support Services and Health, Safety and Environment Office to arrange a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP) for the Library if relevant.

If you would like a guided tour of the facilities, or to discuss any specific requirements you have, please contact us.