Visitors' Borrowing Schemes, Online Resources and Wi-Fi

General information for visitors

  • Visitors are welcome at Swansea University Libraries! You can find information about how to access our libraries, and how to join one of our Borrowing Schemes, in the Borrowing Schemes and Library Access for External Visitors section below.
  • Visitors to our libraries are asked to respect the library building, resources, and its staff and users. Consideration is to be given to those using study spaces for academic and research purposes.
  • Visitors to the library are to take care of personal belongings and not to leave them unattended in the library. Swansea University Libraries are not responsible for any loss, theft, or damage to personal belongings.
  • In line with Swansea University’s Children on University Premises Policy, visitors under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a supervising adult at all times.
  • Our full Swansea University Library External Visitors Policy is available here: Swansea University Library External Visitors Policy 

Access to our Library Buildings

Whilst our libraries are primarily for current Swansea University staff and students, we enable external visitor access to Singleton Park, Bay, St David's Park and the South Wales Miners’ libraries. There are limitations to access which are outlined below.

  • We ask that you plan your visit in advance. Visitors should check the relevant webpage for the Library or Archives site they wish to visit before travelling, for the most up-to-date information about opening hours, restricted access periods and access.
  • External visitors may visit Singleton Park Library and Bay Library during MyUni Library Information Desk open hours, except during Library Restricted Access periods.
  • The South Wales Miners' Library is open to external visitors during its opening hours. No appointment is necessary for general visits, but researchers wishing to access the SWML's special collections in the reading room are asked to book a research appointment.
  • St David’s Park Library is open to external visitors during staffed hours. Library materials from St David's Park Library cannot be borrowed by external visitors but may be used in the library on a Reference Only basis.
  • Visitors to the Richard Burton Archives must make an appointment prior to their visit.

Restricted access periods

  • During key university periods, such as exams and assessment periods, access to Swansea University Library buildings and borrowing of library materials is limited to Swansea University students and staff, and SCONUL Access members only.
  • Please see our Library Opening Hours and Locations pages, or the Library Restricted Access Dates section below, for information about scheduled Restricted Access dates.
  • During restricted access periods, researchers may still visit the South Wales Miners' Library and Richard Burton Archives by appointment.
  • External borrowers with loans due during a restricted access period may visit the library in order to return items. 
  • External library visitors who have any urgent enquiries during restricted access periods may contact the library via phone or email.
  • Outside of Restricted Access Periods, visitors may visit our libraries during staffed, information desk open hours only.