St. Deiniol's is more than just a library. It offers overnight accommodation, conference rooms, a coffee shop and an exhibition on the life and work of William Ewart Gladstone, the library's founder. We hope that you will enjoy your visit.
Gladstone's Library is one of a kind - a residential library and meeting place dedicated to dialogue, debate and learning for open-minded individuals and groups who are looking to explore pressing questions and to pursue study and research in an age of distraction and easy solutions.
The Library - Gladstone's Library has been recognised as the most important research library and collection in Wales after the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth. It boasts an outstanding collection of more than 250,000 books, journals and pamphlets on a wide range of subjects but specialising in our core subject areas of Theology and Victorian Studies. This unique collection is kept up-to-date with the latest publications which readers can browse on the open shelves.
The heart of the Library is Gladstone's own collection of over 32,000 items. Many of his books contain his annotations, some of which are extremely detailed. In addition to his books, the Library houses most of Gladstone's non-political correspondence, speeches and papers which are administered by the Flintshire Record Office and a number of special collections including the Bishop Moorman Franciscan Library and the Glynne-Gladstone Manuscripts.
The Library's Coffee Shop ‘Food for Thought' is open from 10am - 4pm Monday to Friday (offering Afternoon Tea between 3pm and 4pm) and 10am - 2pm Saturday and Sunday offering a tempting selection of lunches, homemade cakes and Fairtrade tea and coffee. Sunday Lunch is served from 12-2pm.