Information Services (IS) provide library, computing and media services for Aberystwyth University.  All use is subject to Information Services Regulations and Guidelines.

We welcome visitors to the Universities libraries.

As study space is limited, during busy periods, access to the libraries may be restricted to Aberystwyth University students and staff except by prior arrangement. Visitors to the library should contact us in advance to arrange access during any periods when the library is accessible via Aber Card only. See individual libraries for details:

Visitors under-16s must be supervised by a parent, guardian or school teacher.

Visits from individuals

We provide the following access to facilities:

Library Collections

  • All visitors may consult books and periodicals within each of the University’s libraries.
  • Some visitors may be eligible to apply for Associate Readership which gives borrowing privileges.
  • Visitors from other institutions may be able to borrow from the library collections through the SCONUL borrowing scheme
  • Visitors from Bangor University can borrow from the Library's collections under the Aberystwyth and Bangor University reciprocal library borrowing scheme
  • Visitors to the Library who are not eligible for any of the above schemes may register for reference use only. Reference use only tickets are issued for up to one year and entitle the holder to use any material held in the library and to make photocopies (subject to copyright regulations). Please ask at the enquiry desk.

Electronic Resources

  • Some of the University's electronic resource subscriptions do allow access to members of the public for use within the library.
  • Walk in Access to Electronic Resources Terminal is available in the Hugh Owen Library to facilitate this. Please ask at the enquiry desk.

Internet access

  • Visitors from participating organisations can connect their laptop/mobile device to the eduroam wireless network using the Janet Roaming Service.
  • Visitors who are unable to use eduroam can connect their laptop/mobile device to The Cloud.


  • A Visitor's card is available for use on the central copiers in each of the University Libraries.
  • A fee will be charged when the card is borrowed and any credit not used will be refunded on it's return.
  • This card enables you to photocopy (subject to copyright regulations)
  • Please ask at the enquiry desk.

Visits from School groups