Show Me How

Our Show Me How sessions are informal, personalised Library training sessions available for all students. These sessions give practical advice to help you make the most of your Library Service while studying with us!

Already know you want to attend a session? Click to book in

If you're not sure yet, read more about our Show Me How sessions below!

What can the sessions cover?

Sessions can vary according to what you’d like to discuss or learn about! Examples of what Show Me How training session can cover: 

  • How to locate books and other materials on the online catalogue 
  • How to use the self-service kiosks to borrow and return books 
  • How to access e-books, online journals and other electronic resources 
  • How to book library desks and study spaces 
  • How to get expert support from your Subject Librarian, the Study Skills team, and the Library Support team 

You can request other topics when you book your Show Me How session and we’ll always do our best to cover those during the session, or signpost you other colleagues who can provide expert help.

Who can take part in a Show Me How session?

Any University of Bristol student can book a session! No matter if you are in the first term of your first undergraduate year or your last term of your PHD you are welcome to book a session. You can book a 1:1 session just for yourself, or a group session with up to four students. 

Why should I book a session?

Show Me How sessions will help you to build your understanding of the services and facilities offered by University of Bristol Library Services. 

The Library offers much more than study seats and printers. As a confident Library user, you can save money on textbooks, search through thousands of peer-reviewed scholarly articles from our print and electronic collections, and secure a study seat when you most need it via our online booking system.  

You can also make the most of our team of over 150 Library staff, including specialist teams who will support you with study skills, accessibility needs, and much more.

Who will deliver the sessions?

The training sessions will be delivered by our team of friendly, knowledgeable and enthusiastic library customer service staff, who are very experienced in the day-to-day running of the University Library Service. 

Where and when will the sessions take place?

You can decide! We plan to offer Show Me How sessions at every library on the Clifton campus, with additional drop-in sessions at the Arts & Social Sciences Library.  

Sessions will last about 30 to 45 minutes and can be booked from Mondays to Fridays between 9am and 5pm. 

Book me in!

The link above will take you to a calendar so you can see the session availability and book yourself in. 

This is a new service, so we’ll be asking for your feedback to help us improve the sessions.

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Subject specific queries

If you are after subject specific information or advice it is worth contacting your subject librarian through Subject support first.

Study Skills

If you're looking for advice on things like academic writing techniques, research methods or exam papers, check out Study skills they have a wide range of online resources, workshops and one-to-one drop-ins.

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