Henry Gastineau, Wales Illustrated

In 1807 it was announced that any contributions towards the new college of St David's would be gratefully received.

The first books were donated in 1809 by various friends of the new college and were stored at the Bishops Palace at Abergwil until 1827 when the library room was ready. There appears to have been some four thousand volumes. The first catalogue of the holdings was printed in 1836.