Student Information

As a DACE student, the South Wales Miners’ Library, located on Hendrefoelan Campus, is here to help.
With an extensive collection of books, journals and audio-visual materials, specifically selected for Part Time and Distance Learning courses, the South Wales Miners’ Library is designed to meet your study needs.
First Year Students
Your student card will be made by registry, it you havent already submitted a photograph with your application form, please hand a passport sized photograph to Miners' Library staff. Either at enrolment or in person at the library; you can also post or email a suitable photograph to the following address:
Address: South Wales Miners' Library, Hendrefoelan Campus, Gower Road, Swansea, SA2 7NB
Once your card is created we can post it out to your home address, or you can collect at the Miners' Library.
Your student card is valid for the duration of your course. If you lose your card, please contact us, there is a charge for replacement cards.


IT Information

IT account, Email and Blackboard
On enrolment, an IT account is automatically created for you.  This will allow you to login to any of the PCs in any of the libraries at Swansea University.  Your IT account will allow you to access Email, Blackboard, the Intranet and other University online services.  Your IT account can be accessed from any PC with an internet connection (i.e. a PC at home or work or in a public library) using the following address:
Your email address will be in the format  student
Your password is made up of your student number followed by your date of birth
e.g 123456/01/02/1993 (please remember to include the forward slashes / and any leading zeros 0)
If you have any problems accessing your IT account, please ask at the Issue Desk in the South Wales Miners’ Library. 
or telephone IT Support:  01792 295060

Staff Information

To take full advantage of the services offered at the library, the first thing you’re going to need is a Staff ID /Library card.
Call in to the South Wales Miners’ Library with your contract and we’ll take your photo and arrange to have your card made, which we will post out to you when it becomes available. If, for some reason your contract is delayed - contact us at the South Wales Miners’ Library to arrange a temporary borrowing card.
Your staff ID card allows you to take up to 30 items (books, journals, DVDs, videos) out of the library at any one time.  Unlike the Library & Information Centre, we don’t charge fines!
For more information on borrowing rights and charges at the LIC, visit: 
If you wish to use IT facilities including e-mail you will need to request an IT account via Fran Lloyd the DACE Administrator.
The South Wales Miners’ Library can offer the following support:
  • Ordering books to support your courses
  • Providing book boxes for community based classes
  • Providing library tours and information skills sessions for your students
  • Provide advice about E-learning
  • Provide information about copyright and plagiarism detection (ie TurnitIn)

Visitors to SWML


The South Wales Miners' Library is Open To All    
Members of the public are most welcome to visit and no appointment is necessary.
Library staff can help you to use all the collections and are always happy to answer your questions by telephone, email, post and in person.

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The Library

At the South Wales Miners’ Library we pride ourselves in providing a friendly, flexible and efficient library experience in a relaxed environment.
To support part-time, distance and students on placement we offer a range of services to make your lives easier, such as:
  • Telephone and on-line book renewals
  • Ordering of materials (for example, books from the Library on the Singleton campus can be sent to the South Wales Miners’ Library or our branch library in Banwen and vice versa, without charge)
  • Postal loans
  • Advice and guidance on using the Library and our on-line resources
  • Answering queries by phone, email or in person
  • Help with assignment  research and using IT
  • Book-box provision for community based classes
  • Quiet study areas
Please contact us by phone, email or in person if you need any assistance or have any queries. 
We look forward to seeing you or hearing from you soon!


Loan Periods
The normal loan period for books, periodicals (except the lastest issue which is not borrowable) and audio-visual materials is four weeks, but if items are reserved by other readers, they will be recalled after one week.
Limited Loans
Some books in heavy demand have been put on limited Loan and may be borrowed for one week only.
If all copies of a book are out on loan, a reservation can be placed on the library card system, using your library card number. The book is then recalled from the current borrower and when it has been returned a notification to collect from the library is sent to you.
Borrower Entitlements
Entitlements for different categories of user are:
 30 items
12 week loan
 Postgraduate Students
 20 items
12 week loan
 Undergraduate Students
 15 items
 4 week loan
 External borrowers
   5 items
 4 week loan
N.B. Limited loan books and reservations are not available to readers from outside Swansea University.
Part-time, placement and distance learning students from participating institutions may have borrowing rights at SWML by application through the SCONUL scheme. Full-time postgarduate students are also welcome to borrow via this scheme.
Staff and registered research students from participating higher education institutions may have borrowing rights at the SWML by application through the SCONUL Research Extra scheme.


LibraryPlus - That extra support for your studies

We offer a number of specially designed services, known as LibraryPlus, aimed at making your student life easier. 
Who can use LibraryPlus? All students, with particular emphasis on:
  • Part time students
  • Students living at a distance
  • Work based learners
  • Students who are often on placements (e.g. Health Science students)
  • Disabled students
  • Carers
    Go to the LibraryPlus webpage for more information:


Free parking is available in front of the Miners' library, in front of Hendrefoelan House as well as around the Emily Phipps building.
Wireless Internet
Wireless internet is available throughout the library. More information about how to register to the Swansea Wireless Service can be found here.
Study Areas
As well as two dedicated computer rooms, there are several reading tables within the library. A large area for silent studying is situated in Room 3 on the groundfloor.
Computing & Photocopying
We have two computer rooms with Open Access computers available for students and visitors. Printing and scanning is available in both computing suites. Printing currently costs 5p per A4 sheet, scanning is free of charge. The computer rooms are located on the groundfloor in Room 4 and upstairs in the loft area Room 16.
The photocopier can be found in the Issue Desk area, the charges are 5p for A4 B&W and 10p for A3 B&W; 30p for A4 Colour and 60p for A3 Colour, (there is no extra charge for back-to back copying). You can top up your card at the Issue Desk. 
Audio and Video
We have a range of cassette recorders, TVs, video & DVD players, microfiche & microreel readers, projectors and screens all for use within the library.
A hot and cold drinks machine, snack machine, toilets, and lockers are situated in the entrance area of the library.


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