Hugh Owen Library

The Hugh Owen Library is the main University Library and the centre of administration for Information Services. Based on Penglais campus, 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

Information Services: Easter Vacation opening hours and loans

Opening hours:

Information Services (IS) will operate vacation opening hours from Sunday 13th April until Saturday 3 May 2014. IS and all libraries will be closed on Sunday 13 April.

Easter: IS and all libraries will be closed from closing time on Thursday 17th April and will re-open on Wednesday 23rd April.

Bank holidays: IS will operate usual term-time opening hours in the Hugh Owen Library on Monday 5th May and Monday 26th May (8:30am-midnight) and Thomas Parry Library (8:30am-10pm) and vacation hours at Physical Sciences Library.

Extended library opening times during May exam time 2014: Hugh Owen

In order to support students during the exam period, we plan to open the Hugh Owen Library until midnight from Monday 5th May, every day, straight through until Friday 30 May.

  • Mon-Fri – 8:30am-midnight
  • Sat/Sun – 10am-midnight

Term Time

Monday - Thursday 08:30 - midnight*
Friday 08:30-21:30*
Saturday and Sunday 10:00-18:00*
 Monday - Friday 08:30-17:30*

Please note there are no staffed services from 21:00 onwards during term time.

There are no staffed services during Staff Training Hour between 9.00-10.00 on Wednesdays throughout the year.

*The Hugh Owen Library will start to close down 30 minutes before advertised closing time, starting with Level F.      


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

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

Law and Criminology

Law Library

Law and criminology books, journals, statutes and law reports previously located in the Law Library and in the main Hugh Owen Library, were moved to a new location within the Thomas Parry Library on 16 September 2013. Enquiries about the Law Library to Lillian Stevenson, Law Librarian, (01970 62) 1514

Management and Business

Management and Business books and journals previously located in the Hugh Owen Library, were  moved to a new location within the Thomas Parry Library on 16 September 2013.

Floor plans



  • An outside bell is available for access to Level E of the library for wheelchair users or mobility/sensory impaired users.
  • The use of a lift is available upon request for access to other floors for users with a physical impairment, 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 service 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. If you require a Personal Evacuation Plan please contact us.

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