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 and printing facilities.

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

Our History & Policies

History of the South Wales Miners' Library

The South Wales Miners' Library was opened in October 1973 to house material collected by the South Wales Coalfield History Project.  Funded by the Social Science Research Council, the project’s aimwas to preserve oral, visual and written evidence of coal mining and miners in South Wales at a time when the industry had started to decline and valuable material was in danger of being lost. The project collected a wide range of material which forms the core of the South Wales Coalfield Collection.   The South Wales Miners’ Library houses the printed book and pamphlet collections, including the libraries of over 60 institute and welfare halls from across the coalfield, oral history, video, poster, and banner collections.  The manuscript records and photographs are held in the University’s Richard Burton Archives.

Since its opening in 1973, the South Wales Miners’ Library has maintained the educational traditions of the old Miners' Institutes and Welfare Halls by being developed as an educational resource.   

Over the years, the Library has expanded its role in its support of adult education and widening access initiatives.  These have included Miners’ Day Release courses, which were taught in the Library in the 1970s and 1980s, and the pioneering Community University of the Valleys, which was established in 1993.  Today, the Library still works in partnership with the University’s Department of Adult Continuing Education (DACE) providing library, information and IT support to adult learners who are taught in community venues all over South West Wales. 

To find out more about the history of the Miners' Library you can buy the book 'Do Miners Read Dickens? Origins and Progress of the South Wales Miners' Library: 1973-2013 by Hywel Francis & Sian Williams' copies are available from the library and all good book shops.

Opening Hours

Term Time

Term Opening Hours

Monday 24th September - Friday 14th December

Monday - Thursday 

9am - 8pm

Friday & Saturday

9am - 5pm





Vacation Opening Hours

Monday - Friday 

9am - 5pm

Saturday & Sunday


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 round. The South Wales Miners' Library is located right at the top of the student village.

FOR INFORMATION: The Hendrefoelan Student Village is currently under construction, but is still partially occupied by students.

If you're 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.