Collections and Spaces

​​​​​​​​​​​​Library services offers access to many different collections and learning spaces. We use the Collection Development Policy and the Reading List Policy to manage these collections. 

Below you will find short introductions to these. Contact us for more information.

Special Collections

The special collections relate to various areas of study within the Cardiff School of Art and Design, Cardiff School of Education and Cardiff School of Health Sciences and will also hold interest for the wider university and community. They are housed separately from the main book and journals collections.


Cardiff School of Art and Design

Artists’ Books Collection

A growing collection of over 500 artists’ books dating from the 1960s. Some are one-off pieces while others are limited editions created by the artists. The Collection demonstrates the breadth and depth of the artist book genre and some material is of national and international significance.

Ceramics Collection

The Collection contains national and international exhibition catalogues, conference and research papers, interviews with ceramicists, promotional materials, pamphlets, prospectuses, monographs and leading research publications in the field of ceramics. Held within the Ceramics Collection, of particular significance is The Rackham Collection - a collection of over 70 books written or edited by Bernard Rackham (Keeper of the Department of Ceramics at the Victoria and Albert Museum 1914-1938), along with books from his personal collection and associated ephemera such as letters and notebooks, donated to the university by the Rackham family.

Slide Collection 

The slide collection is represents the history of Cardiff School of Art & Design by incorporating slides of past CSAD exhibitions, staff & students work, as well as prominant welsh artists and architects. The slides were bought or were made to order for lecturers and students to use in lectures and seminars from the 1970s until 2010. No new slides are now made. 

Cardiff School of Education

School Experience

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.

Welsh Collection

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


Cardiff School of Health Sciences

Clinical Practice

The Clinical Practice Collection at Llandaff has a range of items covering applied health sciences. Items include therapy manuals, voice & communication and speech development resource packs specifically for Speech & Language Therapy.

DSpace (Cardiff Met's research repository)


DSpace is Cardiff Met's research repository, facilitating open access to Cardiff Met's research output including doctoral level theses. More information is available about DSpace on our dedicated support for research pages.

What is on DSpace?

Research and doctoral theses: Research and doctoral theses are fully open access, with the public able to read and download any full text attachments.

Research papers and reports: We make available open access versions of research article and papers from Cardiff Met authors and researchers. These are publicly accessible versions not reliant on having a subscription or paid for access - thereby increasing the amount of people who can access research.

Further help and guidance

The Library can provide further help and guidance - If you have any questions about DSpace then please contact


Cyncoed Learning Centre​​

Our Research Room is equipped with Apple Macs 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 with extra PCs downstairs. They are great for those times when you want to make a quick pitsop to print something off or check an email.

We have bookable study rooms, each equipped with a PC and large display screen as well as plenty of chairs and tables. They are suitable for almost anything (except parties, singing or dancing).

The large IT Suite includes PCs and Apple Macs alongside the IT support desk with two extra rooms (B1.01 & B1.10) providing 24 hour IT access outside of our opening hours.

Our Study Suite provides extra PCs for those times when the IT Suite is full to the brim.

Llandaff Learning Centre

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

The Social Learning Lounge is where you are welcome to chat to friends, have group discussions, use mobile phones and eat cold snacks.

We have quiet study areas located throughout the building, which are suitable for quiet individual study and 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.

Bookable study rooms are located throughout Llandaff Learning Centre and are ideal for students looking for somewhere quieter to study alone.

The IT suite includes PCs and Apple Macs. You will also find the IT support desk in this space to assist with any IT problems or queries.

We have 24-hour access areas for you to use when the library is closed. The 24 hour area and IT suite is located in the concourse area of the library.

There are also PCs, Apple Macs, scanners, printers and photocopiers for general use throughout the Learning Centre.