Library Services: your 'one-stop shop'
Everything you need to know about Library services and support during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
All our libraries and study centres are now open and offering a limited service. You can find details on location and opening hours here. Please read the information on the library / study centre's page carefully before you visit.
Postal Loan Service
If you are not able to visit campus and are based in the UK, we can send you books that are not available electronically via our postal loans service.
Accessing electronic resources
Guidance on how to access the library's electronic resources when working off-campus.
Accessibility and support
Find out about the services and support we provide for disabled and dyslexic learners. We can also support part time learners or those with caring / parental responsibilities.
Study seat booking system
You will need to book a seat in advance if you wish to study in most of our libraries and study centres. See this page for information and advice.
Get help with subject-related enquiries and advice about library resources.
Visiting the Library
Advice on what to do before visiting the library, and what to expect when you arrive.
We are open online
Learn more about the library's digital service offer.
Frequently asked questions
Are the libraries open?
All our libraries and study centres are now open. Please check their individual pages for opening times and other restrictions.
Can I access physical books and journals?
Our libraries are currently open for self-selection and self-issue of books from the shelves, however, some libraries have limited hours in which you can browse. Please read the information on the library webpages carefully before visiting.
Our Click and Collect service is has been withdrawn. Items on loan to other people can now be reserved via Library Search.
If you are not able to visit campus and are based in the UK, the library can send you books via our postal loan service. Please read the information on the webpage carefully before submitting your request.
If none of these options are suitable, please contact your subject librarian or your tutor to discuss alternatives.
What should I do about my books?
As our libraries are now open, books (from any University of Bristol Library) can be returned as normal.
If you are unable to return items in person, you can use our free postal returns service.
Are you able to provide me with scanned copies of book chapters and articles?
We regret that this is not possible at present, however, we will provide a digital copy for you where possible, and we will investigate the purchase of eBooks as an alternative - please contact the subject librarian team for advice.
How do I access online resources?
Information on accessing our online resources is available here.
Can I use the printers in the library?
Printing and scanning facilities are now available as normal at libraries and study centres.
Can I borrow a loan laptop from the library?
If you are having difficulty with your own device we suggest you contact IT Services for remote support or notify your department if you are worried that your studies may be affected. Laptops are currently available for loan in the Arts and Social Sciences Library and Medical Library as usual, but these may only be used in the library you loan them from.
I need help accessing resources. Can someone help me?
Our Subject Librarians are available to help. Find out who to contact for your course here.
How can I contact the library?
Can I still suggest new books?
You can tell us which title you need and we will try to supply it in electronic format or suggest an alternative. Instructions on how to submit your suggestion can be found here.
Are visitors allowed in the library?
Unfortunately we're still unable to offer access to external visitors of any kind. This is because our capacity is severely restricted due to the need for social distancing. The SCONUL Access scheme remains in abeyance. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any further questions.
Information on how the Library can support you during the summer revision and assessment period.
We have revamped our regular wellbeing information to bring you some resources to support you during the ongoing Covid-19 crisis. Some are interactive, others are simply soothing. All we hope are enjoyable, and help you to relax and be productive.
Special Collections enquiries should be sent to email@example.com or voicemails can be left on 0117 928 8014. The Reading Room remains closed for the time being but staff may be able to provide a copying service and may be able to undertake some initial research on your behalf. Please see the Special Collections webpage for more information about the collections.