Aberdare Hall is a women's hall of residence at Cardiff University, established in 1885, by Lady Aberdare, (wife of the first College President). It was the first of its kind in Wales and the second in the UK. From its early days, a library was established in the Hall for the students' residential use. Its stock was mainly built up from the personal donations of books by students in the Hall. The Library was closed in 2011 when part of the Hall was refurbished. Index cards listing the full contents of the Library (including provenance details for donations) have been retained, giving an insight into reading habits among the women students.
Library catalogue of Aberdare Hall, 1885-2011
Scope and Content
Conditions Governing Access
Access is available by prior appointment, during 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday.