Services for Alumni and Visitors

May 2021 - Due to ongoing restrictions, our Learning Centres are not currently open to the public.

Whether you are an alumni or looking to visit us to use our resources and spaces - we offer services for you.

We offer borrowing schemes, access to some of our e-resources via walk-in access, access to our spaces and access to guest wifi.

Contact us for more information about services available to you or come along to one of our Learning Centres.  You can also search MetSearch online before you visit to search our physical collections.

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Community Borrowing Scheme

We believe in making our learning centres and collections accessible to all - especially to Alumni and the wider community of Cardiff and surrounding areas. We also believe this access should be free to all individuals.

Take a look at the table below to see what access you can sign up for and then download our application form and come and visit us today. Alternatively, you can submit your request online. 

Community Borrower

Community Plus

Community Executive

Who can apply?

Members of the public aged 18+

Our Alumni and Retired Staff.

Businesses/Research/SMEs/ Schools

How much will it cost?

It's Free!

It's Free!

£100 per annum

What can I borrow?

2 items including AV

5 items including AV

10 items including AV

How long can I join for?

1 calendar year (renewable)

1 calendar year (renewable)

1 calendar year (renewable on payment)

What ID do I need?

See the information on the application form

See the information on the application form

See the information on the application form

Walk-In Access

Cardiff Met offers Walk-in Access to a range of electronic databases and electronic learning resources.

Who can use it?

Anyone who is not a current member of staff or student at Cardiff Met can use the Walk-in service. These resources are only to be used for educational purposes, i.e., for the purpose of education, teaching, distance learning, private study and/or research. If you are unsure if this covers your use of these resources, please ask a member of library staff.

Please read our Walk-in Access - Acceptable Use policy for further information and take a look at our Walk-in Access Resources to see what we have to offer.

Service Availability

Walk in Access is available at both of our Learning Centres. Please check the opening hours before you visit.

It's also worth contacting us in advance of your visit to check the availability of the service and to ensure that we have the resources you require.

Please note that access to the service may be restricted at busy times, is provided on a strict ‘first come first served’ basis on dedicated terminals and usage is governed by Cardiff Met's Electronic Communication Policy.

Walk-In Access Resources

Please note that these resources are only available if you are logged on at Cardiff Met so visit one of our Learning Centres today.

Please navigate to the Cardiff Met's Databases A-Z to view a list of available resources.


Collections and Spaces 

Cyncoed Learning Centre

The library in Cyncoed Learning Centre houses a variety of resources to support students studying Education and Sport.

Subject Areas

Education - Art, Community Education, Drama, Early Childhood Studies, Educational Leadership, Educational Research, Mathematics, Music, Primary Education, Secondary Education, Science.

Humanities - Creative Writing, English Literature, Modern History, Politics, Popular Culture.

Sport - Coaching, Conditioning and Rehabilitation, Dance, Exercise Science, Performance Analysis, Sport Development, Sport Management, Sport Medicine, Sport Psychology, Sport and Physical Education, Sport and Society.

Special Collections

The School Experience Collection contains books, resources and CDs for children aged between 3-16. It is primarily for students studying on initial teacher education courses but is open to all Cardiff Met staff and students.

We have a Welsh Collection room where Welsh Language books can be found. The collection contains materials related to Wales in general but also materials related to teaching in Wales.


Our Research Room has been newly refurbished and is ideal for quieter study. It also houses our  Print journal collection.

We have group and quiet study areas dotted throughout the two floors.

You can also book one of the Study Rooms.  Check the 'How to Book' guide for details on how to check room availability and manage your own booking.


Llandaff Learning Centre

The library in Llandaff Learning Centre houses collections that support the Schools of Art & Design, Health Sciences and Management.

Subject Areas

Art and Design – Architecture, Art History, Art Theory, Ceramics, Design, Drawing, Film, Furniture Design, Glass, Graphic Communication, Illustration, Individual Artists, Interior Design, Jewellery, Music, Painting, Performance Art, Philosophy, Photography, Print Making, Product Design, Sculpture, Textiles

Health Sciences – Biomedical Sciences, Complementary Therapies, Dental Technology, Environmental Sciences, Food Science and Technology, Health and Social Care, Housing, Nutrition and Dietetics, Occupational Health, Podiatry, Psychology, Social Work, Speech and Language Therapy, Sports Biomedicine and Nutrition

Management – Accounting, Business, Business Research Methods, E-Commerce, Events Management, Finance, Hospitality & Catering, Human Resources Management, Information Systems and Technology, Law, Management, Marketing, Project Management, Tourism

Special Collections

In addition to the main book and journal collections, Llandaff Learning Centre also houses several special collections, including the Slide Library, Artists' Books Collection, the Ceramics Collection and the Clinical Practice Collection.


The Research Room equipped with study desks and Apple Macs is ideal for quieter study.

We have study areas located throughout the building, which are suitable for quiet study or group work.

For times when you want to work undisturbed, we have a silent study area. Please keep noise to a minimum in this area.

You can also book one of the Study Rooms. Check the 'How to Book' guide for details on how to check room availability and manage your own bookings.

The ground floor of Llandaff Learning Centre is accessible 24/7.

Cardiff University and RWCMD Reciprocal Borrowing

Cardiff Met has a reciprocal borrowing scheme with Cardiff University and Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama (RWCMD). This scheme enables undergraduates from the participating institutions to join and borrow from each other’s libraries and access learning centres for study.  The membership lasts to the end of the current academic year and can be renewed.

Cardiff University and  RWCMD Undergraduates

Undergraduate students from Cardiff University and RWCMD can join our library under the reciprocal scheme.  Please speak to your home library and they will be able to help you apply. You will need to bring us your letter of introduction and your student ID, fill in a membership form and we will do the rest. 

Once you join, you will be able to borrow 5 items including DVDs.

You can also use the Walk-in access to e-Resources service.