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 quiet 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.


You do not need to book to access Levels E and F and you are able to browse the collections. However, you do need to book the group study rooms and individual study carrels in advance. 

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. 


You do not need to book to use the Iris de Freitas Room but you do need to book to use the study rooms

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

Floor map of Level E showing route to IdF

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 wipe work surfaces, keyboards, mice, printers etc before and after use.
  • You use your own Aber Card to swipe to enter and exit the library.
  • You wear a face covering at all times, unless exempt.
  • You do not come to the library if you are unwell.

We will ensure

  • The numbers of users in the library at any one time are strictly limited.
  • Staff working in the library are following recommended hygiene practises.
  • Regular cleaning is carried out.
  • There are hand sanitising stations at the entrance.


  • AccessAble - Click for Accessibility InformationAccessible 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, please contact us.