Banwen Library

Banwen Library is a branch of the South Wales Miners’ Library and is based at the DOVE Workshop, Banwen, 25 miles from Swansea in the Dulais Valley. This was opened in 1989 to support the pioneering Community University of the Valleys. The library was enlarged and refurbished in 1993 and 2002.

The library is primarily for the use of Swansea University students studying at Banwen, but any registered student and member of staff is entitled to borrow items from the Library.

Banwen Library is OPEN TO ALL, members of the public are most welcome to visit.

Do Miners Read Dickens?

Do Miners Read Dickens? 

Origins and Progress of the South Wales Miners' Library


by Hywel Francis and Sian Williams

For Sale £10

available from Banwen Library, the South Wales Miners' Library and Parthian Books; as well as all good bookshops.

Information & Services


Banwen library supports community based part time courses taught by the Department of Adult Continuing Education and is open to all.

The Department of Adult Continuing Education (DACE), work with learners on campus and in the community to provide opportunities for them to learn at a level at which they are comfortable. They work in close partnership at a range of community venues where adult learners can study in a safe, welcoming and convenient environment.

They offer a variety of courses at different levels, such as Astronomy, Counselling, Creative Writing and Literature, Egyptology, English as a Foreign Language, Environmental Studies, European Languages, History, IT and Multimedia, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, Study Skills and Welsh Literature as well as the part-time BA (Honours) degree in Humanities, History and English.

Their offer is simple. They have a large portfolio of course options, excellent financial and learning support and opportunities for people to progress from foundation to higher level learning.

If you are thinking about starting a course and would like to talk through your ideas, please call one of their guidance workers on (01792) 602211.


DOVE Workshop

Banwen Library is based in the DOVE Workshop

The DOVE Workshop is a friendly, informal, welcoming adult community education centre at Banwen in the Dulais valley.


They provide:

  • Part-time and flexible learning opportunities at all levels

  • Advice and Guidance Service

  • Cwm-Ni Iach - Healthy Company 

  • Dovecote Day Nursery

  • Sarn Helen Café

  • P.C. Advisory Clinic 

  • IT Access

  • Neath Port Talbot Welfare Rights

  • Neath Port Talbot Credit Union

  • Employment Support

  • New Printing Service


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 details:


  • Open Access Computing & Printing

There are three Open Access PCs in Banwen Library. They offer the full range of Open Access software, including: word processing, databases & spreadsheets, web browsers, networked databases and the Library Catalogue iFind

There is a black and white laser printer. Charges are 5p per A4. Payable at the Issue desk. 

  • Study Facilities

There are 4 study places in Banwen Library.

  • Photocopying

There is a photocopier available at the DOVE Workshop, which is situated in the second store room in the middle corridor. Photocopying costs 10p per A4 sheet and 20p per A3 sheet. You will need to speak to a member of DOVE staff to enable you to use this service.

  • Parking

There is ample free parking outside the building.

  • Accessibility

The building is fully accessible, and has an automatic door at the far end of the building, and all rooms are on one level.

Opening Hours & Contact Details

Opening Hours

During Term-Time Banwen Library is open 

Wednesday 9.30am - 3pm*

*The opening hours are subject to change from time to time, so please telephone the South Wales Miners' Library (01792 518603) to check beforehand or if you require any other assistance.


Contact Details

Banwen Library

DOVE Workshop

Roman Road



SA10 9LW

Tel: 01639 700024 ext.5



Banwen Library Map