Hugh Owen Library


The Hugh Owen Library is the main University Library and the centre of administration for Information Services. It is on Penglais campus, next to the Hugh Owen Building and by the Arts Centre [location].

The Library has three floors, Level D, Level E and Level F and an open plan study room, the Iris de Freitas Room. It offers spaces to study, a range of facilities and resources and a help desk for IT and Library support.

Please note: You must bring your Aber Card to use the Library and the study spaces

Opening hours


Information Services support and service levels

Core hours: 09:00-17:00 Monday-Friday

Information Services offers a range of services and support between 09:00-17:00 Monday-Friday during term and vacation times (except when the libraries are closed).

Study Spaces

There are a variety of silent, individual and group study spaces available in the Iris de Freitas Room and on Level D and Levels E & F of the Hugh Owen Library. 

Please note:                                                                You must bring your Aber Card to use the Library and the study spaces

Levels E & F 

Study spaces in Level E & F

There are a range of study spaces, individual and group study rooms and a computer room (EL6) on Levels E & F. Our collections of books are also kept on these levels.

If you want to use the group study rooms and individual study carrels,you will need to book them in advance (follow the links). 

How to get to Levels E and F 

Come into the Library through the main entrance and up the stairs at the far end of Level D

HO Library main entrance


Iris de Freitas Room

Study spaces in Iris de Freitas

The Iris de Freitas Room has a mix of individual and group study rooms, study spaces, a printer/photocopier/scanner and a vending area. 

If you want to use the the study rooms, please book them in advance

How to find the Iris de Freitas Room

Come into the library through the main entrance and go to Level E. From the stairs, turn right, go past the two study rooms and you'll see the entrance to the Iris de Freitas Room through the next door on your right.

Or watch this short video tour:

Facilities and Services


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

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

Online tour

Here's an online tour of the Hugh Owen Library:

Your safety

To protect yourself and others we ask that:

  • You sanitise your hands on entering, and regularly while using, the library.
  • You use your own Aber Card to swipe to enter and exit the library.
  • You do not come to the library if you are unwell.

We will ensure

  • Staff working in the library are following recommended hygiene practises.
  • Regular cleaning is carried out.
  • There are hand sanitising stations at the entrance.
  • There are sanitising wipes available for you to wipe down surfaces as needed


AccessAble - Click for Accessibility Information

  • An AccessAble guide to the Hugh Owen Library is available
  • Use of the Accessible Entrance on level E of the Hugh Owen Library and the Accessible lift at the far end of Iris de Freitas can be organised by contacting the Accessibility Service
  • Automatic height adjustable desks are available:
    • Level D
    • Level E
    • Iris de Freitas
  • Adjustable lighting is available in the group study rooms in the Hugh Owen Library.
    When booking a group study room if you require an adjustable desk and/or automatic door, please tick the Accessible room required option.
  • Desk lamps are available to borrow from the Enquiry Desk in each library
  • Magnifiers and coloured overlays are available to borrow from the Enquiry Desk
  • The Fire Alarms are both the Klaxon and bell types. Deaf alerters are available from the Enquiry Desk on level D
    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.