Using the university library

The University of Bristol libraries have lots of great resources for studying and teaching Classics, of interest both to teachers and students, particularly those studying A Level or IB or taking an EPQ.

The Classics collections

The Classics collections are housed in the Arts and Social Sciences Library in Tyndall Avenue. Opening hours and other information can be found here. You can search the university’s collections here. Please note that by default this page will search not just the university’s collections but also a range of journal articles, conference papers, and other documents available online. To search only within the university’s collections, click on the ‘UoB Collections’ tab.

Accessing the library as a visitor

Visitors to the library need to get a one-day pass, which is free of charge. Though passes are given out on a first-come first-served basis and can’t be reserved in advance, since March 2016 when the visitor scheme began, the libraries have never been over-subscribed (and there are no limits on one-day passes in July and August). Passes are valid for that day for the opening hours of the library you wish to use. For the Arts and Social Sciences Library, 30 passes are available per day, and you need to register between 9 am and 6 pm on Monday to Friday, or 9am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.

You must be aged 16 or over to use the visitor scheme.

Visitor photocopying is available from the Information Desks. Visitors may not bring children to the libraries. Day-pass holders will not be able to use the library’s computers or have access to online resources. This scheme exists to allow public access to the libraries’ resources: it is not intended simply to provide study space.

Please bring the following identification:

  • Photo identification, eg passport, identification card, driving licence, etc, or;
  • Identification with an address, eg recent bank statement, utility bill, council tax bill, etc.

EPQ, A Level and IB students who do not have photo identification stating their date of birth will need a letter of introduction from their school, on headed paper, stating their:

  • full name
  • level of study
  • date of birth

Please also see the school support page.

The scheme operates all year, except during these periods:

  • 4 - 20 January 2017. January assessment period.
  • 13 March - 2 June 2017. Summer revision and assessment period.
  • 25 September - 6 October 2017. First two teaching weeks of Teaching Block 1.
  • For the latest updates on these restrictions, please see the Visitor Access page

During teaching blocks (terms) some libraries are busy, particularly between 11 am and 5 pm, Monday to Friday. If possible please visit outside of these times.

Fuller information about visitor access can be found here.


Guide to location of Classics books

Books relating to Classics and Ancient History can be found on the second floor of the Arts and Social Sciences Library (ASSL). Books about modern history and social sciences, religion and the visual arts post antiquity are located at different areas of the ASSL.

For specific information about classmarks and locations, please refer to this Guide to locations in the library (Office document, 34kB)

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