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 offers a quiet space to study. 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 at all times. Visitors to the library should contact us in advance to arrange access.


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

Other collections, for example Children's books, Diplomatic Documents, Official Publications, Statistical Publications, Rare Books and other Special Collections, although housed elsewhere, can be made available in the Hugh Owen Library on request.

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

Floor plans


The Hugh Owen Library offers


  • Accessible toilet facilities are available on Level D
  • An integrated hearing induction loop is available at the main Enquiry desk.
  • Magnifiers and coloured overlays are available to borrow from the Enquiry Desk
  • The main entrance on level D is accessible from the Piazza
  • The Fire Alarms are both the Klaxon and bell types. Deaf alerters are avialable from the enquiry desk
    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,

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