Information for University of Bristol staff and students

General information

As a student or member of staff of the University of Bristol, you will have full and appropriate access to our libraries and library resources, printed and electronic, in accordance with the General Regulations for the use of the Library.

Please remember to carry your UCard, which also acts as your library card, at all times. The UCard is the property of the University of Bristol and you can only hold one UCard.

For information about obtaining your UCard when you first arrive, and to report and obtain replacements for lost or damaged cards, and other card-related queries, please refer to the guidance from Card Services, now based at Royal Fort Lodge, Tyndall Avenue.

The library is here to help and facilitate your access to resources.

For any queries about your library registration or membership, including any as a result of a change in your status at the University, please contact

Dual status: if you are both staff and student, systems may not choose the longer end-date for your library borrowing - please contact to get this rectified.

Library borrowing and UCard end-dates for postgraduate students

NEW: In January 2016 and at the request of our PG students we made changes so that your library borrowing end-date is the same as your UCard end-date (instead of your submission date).

Library accounts will only reflect this as and when there is an update to your records.

lf your borrowing end-date is shorter and you need to continue borrowing beyond your submission date please email us on and we will refresh your library record so the longer date is taken.

For extensions beyond your UCard end-date there is a formal application process - please ask your School or Departmental office in good time about this procedure.

Finishing your course: please bear in mind that once you have passed your course and are made “Successful Leaver” centrally, your Ucard access and library borrowing will stop the next day. That date may be shorter than the one printed on your Ucard so please make sure you keep an eye on your due dates towards the end of your course and clear your library account as soon as possible.
Click here for deregistration information (online resources, email, etc.).

Additional information about using the University of Bristol Library

Additional information is available for disabled users and, for others who have additional support requirements or particular problems getting to and using our libraries (including part-time and distance users), we offer additional library support through our AddLibS service.

Using other university libraries

Staff and students are able to use other academic libraries within the UK via a scheme called SCONUL Access. SCONUL Access is a reciprocal scheme which allows many university library users to borrow or use books and journals at other libraries which belong to the scheme. The scheme covers most of the university libraries in the UK and Ireland and the University of Bristol is a member.

Please see our SCONUL Access page for further details.

Using the British Library

You can apply for access to the British Library using their online application form.