Re-opening after exams

Visitor Access and SCONUL Access has re-opened after the exam restriction period. Please currently allow up to ten working days for SCONUL Access applications to be processed.

Visitor access

Public access to the University of Bristol Library

For anyone over the age of 16, we offer one day passes to:

Please note the public opening hours listed on this page.

You will need:

  • A form of ID

These passes allow access to:

  • Physical collections held in these libraries
  • Desk space to work while reading these books
These passes do not allow access to online resources, IT facilities or the photocopiers.
Visitor access is suspended during busier times of the academic year, such as during the exam period. Updates to this service will be posted to this page.


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.

Public opening hours

Book retrieval service

If you need to access to a book found at another library, use the book retrieval service:

  • Please allow working 5 days
  • Requested books will be brought to the Arts and Social Sciences Library
  • Only 5 books can be requested per session 

Make a request

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  

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