School support (Post 16 education)

Accessing libraries:

Teachers and students (A-level projects, Extended Project Qualification, International Baccalaureate, etc.) from local schools and colleges in and around Bristol are welcome to make use of our Visitor Scheme to consult our printed collections.​ Use of University computers and electronic materials is not available to visitors.

Please note that the Visitor Scheme is intended for individual visits. Please make sure you avail yourself of the conditions of entry and prepare for your visit by checking the information on our Visitor Access page and by making use of the resources listed below.

For a map of the libraries on the University precinct​, please see the following document: UoB libraries map (Office document, 234kB). Note that only the Arts & Social Sciences Library and the Wills Library are accessible by visitors.

Important changes to library access at the University of Bristol:

As of 5 March 2018 only the Arts & Social Sciences Library and the Wills Memorial Library will be open to visitors. This is due to security and safety considerations across the University estate.


Accessing resources:

To consult items from libraries* that are no longer accessible by visitors, please use our Book Retrieval Service. The online request form outlines the procedure and conditions for this service.
[*Queen’s Building Library, Education Library, Medical Library, Physics Library, Chemistry Library, Biological Sciences library and Veterinary Sciences Library at Langford].

EPQ and A-Level students may wish to make use of our research tips document: Project research handout 2017 (PDF, 189kB)

We also offer a step-by-step project_research_skills_presentation_2017 (PDF, 555kB) that focuses on finding and using information for projects.

Our Study Skills resource, developed as part of the Bristol Futures initiative, has much content that is relevant to and freely accessible by school students:

Our list of Freely Available Research Resources (PDF, 125kB) gives details of free access to online scholarly publications.

We also recommend the free online course entitled 'Preparing for University', which runs regularly on the FutureLearn website.

If you have any further queries about access for schools, please email us on

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