Postal services

Our postal services are available to University of Bristol staff and students who who are:

There is no charge for our postal services.

If you based outside of the UK, please email

Postal loan

Use this service if you need to borrow an item, but you are away from Bristol.

We can send you up to 5 books through the post.

Please check that the books are not available through the library as eBooks.

Make a postal loans request

Postal return

Your data

Our postal returns service is operated with is not directly affiliated with the University of Bristol, and you will need to register with them on an individual basis to use their services.  We strongly encourage you to read through their Privacy Policy prior to registering your email with them, as the University cannot take responsibility for any personal data recorded through their services.

Use this service if you need to return an item, but you are away from Bristol.

  1. Print a prepaid returns label
  2. Package your books safely
  3. Send from a Collect+ drop-off point

Keep your receipt as proof of postage. You will be given tracking details for your parcel.

Create a returns label

Packing guidance:

  • 10kg maximum weight
  • 60cm x 50cm x 50cm maximum size

If you have multiple heavy books to return, consider sending multiple smaller parcels. Each parcel will need its own label created and printed.

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