We know that studying can be stressful, especially around exam time, so we aim to provide you with opportunities to make relaxation a part of your time spent in the library. Working constantly without breaks isn't great for your productivity: when you're tired and stressed, you can't take information in or do your best work. So relax and be productive!

New relaxation space in the Medical Library


Visit our newly refurbished relaxation space in the Medical Library. This new screen-free quiet zone is a space to take a break and recharge away from your study desk. Spend time flicking through a relaxing novel, short story or poetry book or just sit back in one of the comfy chairs and close your eyes for a few minutes before heading back to the text books. Taking regular breaks while studying is an important way to manage your wellbeing and help boost your productivity. Please let us know if we can do anything to improve or develop this space (lib-med@bristol.ac.uk).

Arts and Social Sciences Library

Relaxation Space

Location: first floor, Arts and Social Sciences Library

We’ve created a dedicated calm space on the first floor where you can take a break away from your study in order to recharge and refresh. Within the pleasant woodland and meadow-decorated space you’ll find rocking chairs, blankets, comfortable floor pillows, a family of stress-busting cuddly animals and an assortment of materials designed to enhance your sense of wellbeing. You’ll find it located in the cube on the first floor of the library that was previously home to several photocopiers, straight ahead as you enter the floor from the central stairwell.

Medical Library

Jigsaws / chess / displays

Location: ground floor, Medical Library

Take a study break and while away a few minutes with our communal jigsaw puzzle, or take a turn in our chess game. The library also features a changing display of interesting books and items from Special Collections for you to browse (our current display features artwork created by Medical students).

Wills Memorial Library 

'Library of Possibilites'

Location: Wills Memorial Library East Wing, to the left of the current journals display 

Explore a collection of inspiring and beautiful books. Sample books are also available to browse on the tables in the ante-library.

Reading Well for Mental Health scheme

Date: ongoing
Location: Medical Library, Veterinary Sciences Library

The Reading Well for Mental Health scheme is now available to all students and staff at the University.

Libraries across the UK hold copies of the 37 titles on the scheme’s booklist, which provide adults with mental health needs with advice, information and support including self-help. The scheme complements existing local health services and is a simple way of delivering prevention and early intervention, self-help care and support.

Copies of the Reading Well books are available from the Medical Library (located opposite the Information Desk) and Veterinary Sciences Library (located at the start of the book run), but can be requested and borrowed by any member of the University with a Ucard / Library account.  Many of the titles are also available as eBooks via Library Search - simply search for the author and title and follow the eBook link.

Reading Well follows clinical guidelines for the treatment and support of mental health needs. The books were selected by health professionals following a rigorous and evidence-based approach (see the Protocol for Book Selection).

For full details of the scheme, please see: https://reading-well.org.uk/about

You can also read an article about the scheme on the University of Bristol Dental School blog: https://bristolbds.blogs.bristol.ac.uk/2018/09/21/reading-well-for-mental-health-scheme/


Reading Well Mood-boosting Books

Date: ongoing
Location: Veterinary Sciences Library

Reading Well Mood-boosting Books is a national promotion of uplifting titles, including novels, poetry and non-fiction. The books are all recommended by readers and reading groups. Reading Well Mood-boosting Books are available to borrow from the Veterinary Sciences Library - and can be requested by anyone in the University. These were bought at the request of students, and we are happy to help.


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