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Student Information

As a DACE student, the South Wales Miners’ Library, located on Hendrefoelan Campus, is here to help.

With an extensive collection of books, journals and audio-visual materials, specifically selected for Part Time and Distance Learning courses, the South Wales Miners’ Library is designed to meet your study needs.

First Year Students

Your student card will be made by registry, it you havent already submitted a photograph with your application form, please hand a passport sized photograph to Miners' Library staff. Either at enrolment or in person at the library; you can also post or email a suitable photograph to the following address:


Address: South Wales Miners' Library, Hendrefoelan Campus, Gower Road, Swansea, SA2 7NB

Once your card is created we can post it out to your home address, or you can collect at the Miners' Library.

Your student card is valid for the duration of your course. If you lose your card, please contact us, there is a charge for replacement cards.


IT Information

IT Account, Email and Blackboard

On enrolment, an IT account is automatically created for you.  This will allow you to login to any of the PCs in any of the libraries at Swansea University.  Your IT account will allow you to access Email, Blackboard, the Intranet and other University online services.  Your IT account can be accessed from any PC with an internet connection (i.e. a PC at home or work or in a public library) using the following address:


Your email address will be in the format  student


Your password is made up of your student number followed by your date of birth

e.g 123456/01/02/1993 (please remember to include the forward slashes / and any leading zeros 0)


If you have any problems accessing your IT account, please ask at the Issue Desk in the South Wales Miners’ Library. 

Or, contact the Service Desk on: 01792 295500 or email:

Staff Information

To take full advantage of the services offered at the library, the first thing you’re going to need is a Staff ID /Library card.

Call in to the Park Library or Bay Library with your contract to obtain your library card, which will be created while you wait. Alternatively you can come to the South Wales Miners' Library  and we can arrange for the card to be made and then posted out to your home address. If, for some reason your contract is delayed -  please contact us at the South Wales Miners’ Library.

Your staff ID card allows you to take up to 30 items (books, journals, DVDs, videos) out of the library at any one time.  

For more information on borrowing rights and charges at the libraries, visit: 

The South Wales Miners’ Library can offer the following support:

  • Ordering books to support your courses

  • Providing book boxes for community based classes

  • Providing library tours and information skills sessions for your students

  • Provide advice about E-learning

  • Provide information about copyright and plagiarism detection (ie TurnitIn)

Visitors to SWML


The South Wales Miners' Library is Open To All    

Members of the public are most welcome to visit and no appointment is necessary.

Library staff can help you to use all the collections and are always happy to answer your questions by telephone, email, post and in person.

Your DACE Subject Support Guide

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The Library

At the South Wales Miners’ Library we pride ourselves in providing a friendly, flexible and efficient library experience in a relaxed environment.

To support part-time, distance and students on placement we offer a range of services to make your lives easier, such as:

  • Telephone and on-line book renewals

  • Ordering of materials (for example, books from the Library on the Singleton campus can be sent to the South Wales Miners’ Library or our branch library in Banwen and vice versa, without charge)

  • Postal loans

  • Advice and guidance on using the Library and our on-line resources

  • Answering queries by phone, email or in person

  • Help with assignment  research and using IT

  • Book-box provision for community based classes

  • Quiet study areas

Please contact us by phone, email or in person if you need any assistance or have any queries. 

We look forward to seeing you or hearing from you soon!


Automatic Renewals

Items on loan from the library will automatically renew unless they are requested. It is therefore vital that requests are placed on any items that you wish to borrow that are currently on loan to other library users. 

Loan Periods

The normal loan period for books, periodicals (except the lastest issue which is not borrowable) and audio-visual materials is four weeks, but if items are reserved by other readers, they will be recalled after one week.


If all copies of a book are out on loan, a reservation can be placed on the library card system, using your library card number. The book is then recalled from the current borrower and when it has been returned a notification to collect from the library is sent to you.

Borrower Entitlements

Entitlements for different categories of user are:


 30 items

12 week loan

 Postgraduate Students

 30  items

12 week loan

 Undergraduate Students

15 items from each library to a total of 30

 4 week loan

 External borrowers

   5 items

 4 week loan

N.B. Limited loan books and reservations are not available to readers from outside Swansea University.

Part-time, placement and distance learning students from participating institutions may have borrowing rights at SWML by application through the SCONUL scheme. Full-time postgarduate students are also welcome to borrow via this scheme.

Staff and registered research students from participating higher education institutions may have borrowing rights at the SWML by application through the SCONUL Research Extra scheme.


LibraryPlus - That extra support for your studies


We offer a number of specially designed services, known as LibraryPlus, aimed at making your student life easier. 

Who can use LibraryPlus? All students, with particular emphasis on:

  • Part time students

  • Students living at a distance

  • Work based learners

  • Students who are often on placements (e.g. Health Science students)

  • Disabled students

  • Carers


    Go to the LibraryPlus webpage for more information:



Free parking is available in front of the Miners' library, in front of Hendrefoelan House as well as around the Emily Phipps building.

Wireless Internet

Wireless internet is available throughout the library. More information about how to register to the Swansea Wireless Service can be found here.

Study Areas

As well as two dedicated computer rooms, there are several reading tables within the library. A large area for silent studying is situated in Room 3 on the groundfloor.

Computing & Photocopying

We have two computer rooms with Open Access computers available for students and visitors. Printing and scanning is available in both computing suites. Printing currently costs 5p per A4 sheet, scanning is free of charge. The computer rooms are located on the groundfloor in Room 4 and upstairs in the loft area Room 16.

The photocopier can be found in the Issue Desk area, the charges are 5p for A4 B&W and 10p for A3 B&W; 30p for A4 Colour and 60p for A3 Colour, (there is no extra charge for back-to back copying). You can top up your card at the Issue Desk. 

Audio and Video

We have a range of cassette recorders, TVs, video & DVD players, microfiche & microreel readers, projectors and screens all for use within the library.


A hot and cold drinks machine, snack machine, toilets, and lockers are situated in the entrance area of the library.