Student Information

As the designated Library for DACE (Department of Adult Continuing Education) students, we're here to support your studies and make sure you get the most out of our varied resources. We can assist with queries relating to referencing, online content or locating items on the catalogue.

If you need more information about your DACE Library Card, printing/photocopying charges or how to request books, please visit our LibGuides page. 

LibraryPlus is a service for part-time, long-distance and disabled students that's designed to make the library and its resources more accessible.  There's further nformation on the website. For our borrowing regulations, visit here

Visitor Information

The South Wales Miners' Library is Open To All. Members of the public are most welcome to visit and no appointment is necessary. SCONUL also offers library access for those from other academic instutitons that belong to the scheme. 

If you'd like to borrow from us and belong to a local public library, follow the instructions on the Libraries Together application form. 

Our facilities include:

- Free parking

- Visitors Wi-Fi

- Study Areas (Individual and Group)

- Computing/Photocopying

- Hot/Cold drinks and snack vending machine

- Lockers 

Our Resources

Our research collections include primary and secondary sources and can be useful for academic and personal research. Whether you're working on your dissertation or exploring family history, our resources demonstrate the various social, cultural and political strands of industrial life in South Wales. Our holdings include: 

- Oral History (Interviews and Transcripts)

- Banners

- Pamphlets

- Miners' Institute Books

- NUM Minutes (South Wales area)

- Mining periodicals and journals 


Our Collections

The Miners' Library hold collections relevant to the social and cultural histories of industrial South Wales. Key periods covered by our collection include the Spanish Civil War, the nationalisation of coal and the 1984-5 strike. Our holdings on these subjects span various resources, including books, pamphlets, audio recordings and transcripts. Students, staff, researchers and members of the public are welcome to get in touch with areas of interest and we will source our collections for the most relevant material.

The South Wales Coalfield Collection website lists items by project and topic. The Coalfield Web Materials  site allows you to search the items on our catalogue and those belonging to the Richard Burton Archives.