Miners' Library

As a part-time, distance or placement student; The South Wales Miners’ Library, located on the Hendrefoelan Campus, is your first point of contact.

With an extensive collection of books, journals and audio-visual materials, specifically selected for DACE (Department of Adult and Continuing Education) courses, The South Wales Miners’Library is designed to meet your study needs.

We pride ourselves in providing a friendly, flexible and efficient library experience in a relaxed environment.

Please contact us by phone, email or in person if you need any assistance or have any queries.

Banwen Library

The South Wales Miners' Library operates a branch library in the DOVE Workshop at Banwen, 25 miles from Swansea in the Dulais Valley.

Banwen Library is primarily for the use of part-time and distance students, but any Swansea University student or staff member is entitled to borrow items from the library.

The library has study spaces, open access PCs, printing and scanning facilities.

The library is open every Wednesday between 9.30am - 3pm

Our History & Collections

History of the South Wales Miners' Library

The Library was established by the University College of Swansea in 1973, to house material collected by the South Wales Coalfield History Project, including photos, posters, banners, oral history tapes and many books rescued from miners' institute libraries.

Many miners' institutes were built around the turn of the century, funded by pennies from the miners' pay. Soon, almost every large mining community in South Wales had its own institute, serving as a recreational, social and political centre. But in each, the library was the focal point.

Three generations of miners educated themselves through these libraries, but the need for educational self-help decreased after the 1944 Education Act. At the same time, local authorities began establishing their own library services. Television, bingo and pit closures contributed to the institutes decline, and many libraries were destroyed or dispersed in the 1960's. The Coalfield History Project managed to rescue some of the collections, seen by historians as part of the working class heritage of South Wales.

The Library was originally located at Maes-yr-Haf in Uplands, Swansea, then moved in the 1980's to Hendrefoelan House, before moving to it's current location in the Coach House in 2006.

South Wales Coalfield Collection

The South Wales Miners' Library (SWML) was established by UWS in 1973 to house material collected by the Coalfield History Project. The project attempted to locate, collect and preserve records relating to the social, political, educational and cultural aspects of mining communities throughout the South Wales Coalfield.

The material collected is now known as the South Wales Coalfield Collection. It is split between two sites: the South Wales Miners' Library and the Richard Burton Archives located in Information Services and Systems on the main Singleton campus.

Opening Hours

Term Time

2016 Term-time Opening Hours

Monday 11th April - Saturday 11th June

Monday - Thursday

9am - 8pm

Friday & Saturday

9am - 5pm




2016 Vacation Opening Hours

Monday 13th June - Friday 30th September

Monday - Friday

9am - 5pm

Saturday & Sunday


The Library will be open on Saturday 24th September & Saturday 1st October 9am - 5pm

Contact Us & Directions

Contact Us

South Wales Miners' Library

Hendrefoelan Campus

Gower Road



Tel: 01792 518603/518693

Email: miners@swansea.ac.uk


The Sat Nav for SA2 7NB will only bring you as far as Hendrefeolan Drive. To avoid getting lost look out for the Hendrefoelan Student Village. Access Hendrefoelan Student Village from Gower Road and follow the road all the way through. The South Wales Miners' Library is located right at the top of the student village.

If your coming by bus, there is an No: 8 service which runs from the Quadrant Bus Station in Swansea which calls at the Singleton Campus and the Bay Campus. The bus drops you off in the student village and you will have to walk the remainder of the journey. Check out the timetable here.

Hendrefoelan Map