Two academics looking at a Special Collections book

Maybe you have never used an archives service or rare books library before. This article will guide you through your first visit.

Roderic Bowen Library and Archives is situated in our Lampeter Library, on the right hand side of the lower floor (For directions, see travelling to Lampeter).  We have a dedicated reading room where you can use the archives and rare books housed in our strong room.  Please contact us to make an appointment to visit.

Ordering material

We operate a “mediated service” with staff fetching the materials you want.  Unlike an open access library, it isn’t possible for readers to browse the shelves.  You will save time by pre-ordering items before you come.  Please email  Alternatively, you can browse the catalogue and request material once you’ve arrived.

Our regulations are similar to those of many similar services.  We insist that work is done in pencil rather than pen.  Food and drink are not allowed.  You should make sure your hands are clean and without nail varnish.  For materials out of copyright, you are welcome to use a digital camera, but without flash.

Help and advice

There is always an archivist or librarian available to help you.  If you have any questions, please ask! We also have a small reference collection of supporting materials.

Facilities and comfort breaks

Toilets are on the mezzanine, near the entrance to the library.  The university’s 1822 Coffee Shop is situated next to the Lloyd Thomas Hall; there are a number of other cafés within a five minute walk.