You will need your UCard to borrow books and journals.


There are self-service machines at all libraries. To borrow using self-service machines you will need your UCard and Library PIN.

Library PIN (Personal Identification Number)

You can look up your Library PIN on MyBristol (under the Library tab) or by taking your UCard to an information desk. Do not disclose your Library PIN to anyone.

Loan periods

There are two loan periods: 7 day loans and 1 day loans.

All items will be automatically renewed on the due date if possible.

Borrowing limits

Borrowing limits
BorrowerNumber of items
Undergraduates and taught postgraduates 40
Staff and research postgraduates 75

Limits include:

  • 4 one-day items

Please check individual library pages for borrowing restrictions and limits.

Check your loans and return dates online

Your loans and their return dates are shown in your Library Account. Please return any items by the due date if you receive notification that automatic renewal has failed (see below).

Automatic renewals and reservations

If an item you have on loan is reserved by another reader then automatic renewal of that item will no longer be possible. When this happens you will receive an email to your University of Bristol account with instructions for return.  

If you are not a member of the University, the notice will be sent to your registered email address or your postal address.

Fines and charges

Fines are charged where automatic renewal has not been possible.

Books issued to you are your responsibility, do not pass them on to others. You will be charged to replace books lost while issued to your library account.

Academic staff

If items are in particularly high demand, please use our 1 day loan request form (Office document, 16kB) to request that they are transferred to 1 day loan.

Accessibility and support

We provide help for users who have additional support requirements or problems getting to and using our library service (such as part-time, disabled, distance users, etc).

Using other university libraries

University of Bristol staff and students can access the libraries of over 170 UK and Ireland universities. Register online for SCONUL Access.

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