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                                               Bangor University Library & Archives
                                               Local Community & Visitors:
                                               guide for general public, schools, visiting scholars, etc

                                                                                                                                September 2011

                                                     1.    Visitors and Bangor University Library                                        p.1

                                                     2.    Library Sites & Collections                                                   p.2

                                                     3.    The Library Website and Catalogue                                             p.2

                                                     4.    North Wales Residents: Borrowing using Linc y Gogledd                         p.3

                                                     5.    Library Services Available for Visitors                                       p.3

                                                     6.    Library Services Not Available for Visitors                                   p.3

                                                     7.    The Welsh Library & University Archives                                       p.4

                                                     8.    Library Facebook, Twitter and Blog                                            p.4

                                                     9.    Contacts                                                                      p.4
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                                               1. Visitors and Bangor University Library
                                               Bangor University Library contains collections to support the research and learning of the
                                               university community, but also extends a warm welcome to visitors. Every year we receive a wide
                                               variety of visitors, including local schoolchildren, members of the general public, local businesses,
                                               visiting students from the UK and abroad, and more.

                                               Visitors are welcome to use the library as a place to study, and may read printed books and
                                               journals within the library walls. North Wales residents are able to borrow books from the university
                                               library using a scheme called Linc y Gogledd. Visitors are unable to access the electronic library
                                               resources due to license conditions which restrict these collections to university members only.

                                               This guide contains information about our libraries, and more details about services and collections
                                               visitors are able to access. The final section of the guide gives information to help you contact the
                                               library if you have any questions, need support, or need to book a tour.

2. Library Sites
You may visit any of these libraries to study in the library rooms, read printed library books and
journals, or ask specialist librarians for help with information hunting enquiries. We ask you to
respect library rules, and not disturb others, or eat and drink outside refreshment areas.

Map of Bangor Sites                                   No.3: Fron Heulog Library

                                                      Location: Ffriddoedd Road.
                                                      Tel: 01248 383131.
                                                      Subjects: Health, Midwifery, Nursing.
No.1: Main Library
                                                      No 4: Deiniol Library

Location: College Road. Tel: 01248 382983.
Subjects: Arts, Humanities, Languages,
                                                      Location: Deiniol Road. Tel: 01248 382984.
Social Sciences. Welsh Library, Law Library.
                                                      Subjects: Sciences, Psychology.
Ask here for access to music scores, etc.

No.2: Normal Library                                  And in Wrexham:

Location: Holyhead Road.                              Maelor Library
Tel: 01248 383048.                                    Location: Archimedes Centre, Wrexham
Subjects: Education, Sports & Health &                Tel: 01978 316370.
Exercise Sciences, Children’s Books.                  Subjects: Healthcare Sciences

3. The Library Website and Online Catalogue
The library has a website at
You will find information about opening hours and other visitor information here.

The library catalogue is online at: can search our
collections here before visiting the library.

4. North Wales Residents: Borrowing Using Linc y Gogledd
What is Linc y Gogledd? Linc y Gogledd is a scheme which links together libraries in North
Wales. As long as you are a member of a Linc y Gogledd member library, you are able to borrow
books from Bangor University Library, even though you are not a Bangor University member.

List of Linc y Gogledd Member Libraries:
Universities: Bangor, Glyndwr
Colleges: Deeside, Menai, Llandrillo, Yale
Public Libraries: Anglesey, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd and Wrexham.
NHS Libraries: Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
Research Libraries: Gladstone’s Library

1. Request books to be delivered to your local library:
As a member of a Linc y Gogledd library, you may find books you want to borrow from Bangor
University using the library catalogue, and then ask your local library to order the book for you. The
book will be sent to your local library for collection.

2. Visit the university and borrow books in person:
If you prefer to visit the University library and borrow books in person, print this Linc y Gogledd
take it to your public library to be stamped, and then bring the form to the University Library.

Items excluded from Linc y Gogledd: You are not able to borrow short-loan books, law books,
reference books, archives materials, multi-media materials or items from some special collections.

Linc y Gogledd website:

5. Library Services Available for Visitors
Visitors to the Bangor University Library may:
     Use the open access Library Catalogues to search for books and other items
     Use the Reading Rooms to study and read
     Use the Social Learning Areas
     Borrow some books (see Linc y Gogledd section)
     Read printed journals and dissertations in the library
     Use the microfilm viewing equipment
     Use self service photocopiers
     Use the interlibrary loan service (charges apply)
     Use the enquiry service: general library questions to, in depth
       information hunting enquiries to

6. Library Services Not Available for Visitors
Visitors to the Bangor University Library are unable to:
     Use the library computers, which all require a university user name and password
     Access online library collections such as e-journals and e-books, due to licensing
       requirements (this is the same in most university libraries, not just Bangor)
     Borrow certain materials including short loan, reference, law, and materials from archives
       and special collections.

7. The Welsh Library and the University Archives
The Welsh Library: The Welsh Library is a unique collection of books and other materials, in
Welsh and other languages, relating to Wales and other Celtic countries. The only other
comparable collections are in the National Library and Cardiff University Library.

Where is the Welsh Library? The main Welsh Library collection is kept in the Shankland Reading
Room on the top floor of the Main Library on College Road.

Searching the Welsh Library collections:
   Use Bangor University library catalogue:
     (see items listed as BU Welsh Library or BU Welsh Pamphlets)

The University Archives: The Archives and Special Collections contain a wide variety of
important historical documents not only relating to the history of the University but also to the
history of local landed estates such as the Penrhyn estate as well as other collections of relevance
and interest to North Wales.

Where is the University Archives? The University Archives are on College Road near the Main
Library. Enter the Main Arts courtyard and the Archives are located on the right. Go in through the
first door, and then ring the bell.

Various ways of searching the Archive Collections online:
    Use Bangor University library catalogue:
      (see items listed as UWB Archives and Special Collections)
    Use the Archives Hub:
    Use Archives Wales:

8. Library Facebook, Twitter & Blog
Bangor University Library on Facebook:
Bangor University Library on Twitter:
The library blog, Y Llechan, is at:

9. Contacts
Bangor University Library: Tel: 01248 382981 / Email:
Use these contact details for general questions about the libraries, borrowing, Linc y Gogledd, etc.

User Support: Tel: 01248 388828 / 383572 / Email:
Use these contact details for in depth information enquiries, to book library tours, or to ask for a
librarian to visit your school, community group, etc, and talk about university library resources.

Bangor University Archives and Special Collections:
Archivist: Einion Wyn Thomas. Tel: 01248 383276. Email:

The Welsh Library:
Welsh Librarian Einion Wyn Thomas: / 01248 382966.

                                               , September 2011

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