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Reference libraries

Reference libraries are provided at Aberdare, Pontypridd and Treorchy Libraries with dedicated enquiry staff.

  • Use of the Reference areas to be allowed by appointment. One-hour sessions to be available and use limited to 2 persons. Any local history materials used to be quarantined for 72 hours.

Reference enquiries

You can access reference material such as newspapers, magazines, dictionaries, directories, maps and photographs at the reference libraries. These items cannot be borrowed, but can be consulted in our libraries at specific study desks which house digital microfilm/fiche scanners.

Canon MS800 digital microfilm/fiche scanners can be used with the libraries’ microfilm and microfiche documents. These documents include material such as census returns for the local areas, as well as back runs of many local newspapers.


For reference inquiries, e-mail: 


Our reference staff can provide information about Rhondda Cynon Taf to residents and non residents.

Wider, more general information can only be provided to those living, studying or working in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

If you have an general reference enquiry which is not specific to Rhondda Cynon Taf and you do not live, study or work in Rhondda Cynon Taf you can Ask a Librarian at