Visitor Access Suspended

Due to our assessment period, all visitor access to library spaces will be suspended between Monday 10 - Friday 21 January.

Please note, access to library spaces during this time is for University of Bristol students only.

Access for external visitors, including the SCONUL visitor scheme, will resume from Saturday 22 January.

SCONUL Access scheme reopened

The SCONUL Access scheme is now open. Additional information can be found here including which universities are currently participating.

Please note that applications are taking longer than usual to process but will be completed within four weeks.

Visitor access

Visitor Access Scheme

From 1st December 2021, we are very pleased that we can reinstate visitor access to our Wills Memorial and Arts and Social Sciences Libraries .

  • The Visitor Scheme allows one day access to the above libraries for anyone over the age of 16 who wishes to have reference use of our print collections. Please note that the pass does not allow access to online resources, IT facilities or photocopiers.    
  • The Scheme operates seven days per week,  9am to 8pm (10am to 5pm at Wills on Saturday and Sunday). The Scheme will not operate during exam and revision times, usually covering January and the period from Easter to the middle of June. Exact details of these will be provided when confirmed.    
  • There are currently no restrictions on the number of passes we issue per day, however numbers will be monitored closely and limits introduced if necessary.
  • A form only needs to be completed once per day, and is valid all day. There is no limit on how many days a person can visit.  
  • Visitors can only view books from the libraries mentioned above.  We hope to reinstate the ability to access books from other libraries and our Research Reserve in the coming weeks.
To visit one of these libraries, simply ask at the staff desk, where you will be asked to complete a form and show a proof of ID. To access the Wills Memorial Library, please report to the Estates Assistants (in the office to the left of the main building entrance) who will arrange access to the library.    

External Users and Subscribers

We regret that we are currently unable to process external user applications or renew subscriptions, but readers who have previously accessed our libraries in his way are welcome to use the Visitor Access Scheme until normal service is resumed.  If you have any questions, please email the Visitor Access Team at  


For visitor and membership queries, please email

Free WiFi

Visitors can use free WiFi.

Visitors with disabilities

Please let us know about any access requirements before your visit by emailing

Visitor security

University Security Services operate identification checks on all University premises; you will need to show your pass when requested by a member of staff.

Library regulations

Permission to visit or join the library is granted subject to the conditions set out in the regulations for the use of library services and facilities.

Data protection: 

University of Bristol - Data Protection Statement (GDPR) (PDF, 26kB)

The University buildings remain private premises and we reserve the right to deny access where deemed appropriate.

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