Kanopy (films and documentaries streaming) trial access

The Library has arranged temporary trial access to Kanopy, a video streaming service that includes a broad collection of over 26,000 films on every subject imaginable and from leading producers such as Criterion Collection, The Great Courses, New Day Films, HBO California Newsreel, Kino Lorber, PBS, BBC, and many more. The Kanopy service is designed to offer a "Netflix-like" user experience, and make it easier to watch, share and discuss films across the University.  Films can be watched from anywhere, anytime by all staff and students.

Trial access extends until 1st December. Please send your comments about this resource to Lucy Palmer, the Subject Librarian for the School of Arts.

New online resources, including Cite them right!

Over the summer the Library has made a substantial investment in new online resources to support students in their studies and their research thanks to an injection of funding from the University. A range of resources, selected in co-ordination with academic schools and faculties, have been purchased. This has made a significant increase in the volume of digital content now available to all students. Most of the new resources are included in our list of recommended databases.

Changes to food and drink policy in libraries and study centres

In response to student feedback, from the beginning of the Autumn term a slightly revised food and drink policy will be in operation across the libraries and study centres. The change is intended to provide greater clarity and consistency about the food and drink you can consume and where you can consume it. We recognise the popularity of lidded drinks and keep cups and you will find specific guidance about these on the new food and drink signage that is appearing.

In addition to this guidance on food and drink, the signs apply a series of ‘zones’ to communicate the levels of conversation and discussion accepted within each area or room. Please be mindful of which zone you are in and moderate your conversation levels accordingly. The new zone scheme is a pilot and will be reviewed at the end of the academic year

Library lending: important changes coming soon

In the coming months a number of changes to the lending of library materials will come into effect, which will improve your experience of borrowing and renewing items and make it easier for you to manage your library account.

Further details about the changes are available

Summer 2016 Arts and Social Sciences Library reconfiguration

Between mid July and early September work will be undertaken to enhance your experience of using the Arts and Social Sciences Library, resulting in:

  • 100 extra study seats on the ground floor
  • 20 additional PCs on the ground floor 
  • improved access to subject support
  • positioning of Special Collections support on the first floor
  • upgraded provision of accessible, low-distraction private and group study space
  • better management of sound levels in the cafe area
  • increased provision of toilets on the ground floor
  • improved decor and directional signage
  • repositioning of ground floor print collections

While the work may cause some occasional noise disturbance this is expected to be minimal – we do not anticipate access to the collections on the upper floors to be disrupted. If your use of the library is affected by the reconfiguration work please speak to a member of library staff or email:

Now open - Library Undergraduate Travel Bursaries Scheme

For the first time funds are available to help cover travel costs for undergraduate students who wish to visit other libraries and/or archives to further their studies.

The scheme is for undergraduate students undertaking or about to undertake their final year dissertations or projects. This includes students in their penultimate year preparing in advance for their final year projects.

We offer this scheme through a collaboration with Bristol SU's Undergraduate Education Officer, Max Austin and the University's Development and Alumni Relations Office. The Alumni Foundation already issues grants to help registered students with the costs involved in travelling to conferences where they will be presenting their research findings. This new scheme fills a gap for undergraduates who need to access library and archive collections away from Bristol.

Applications for the bursaries are welcomed from students of all disciplines. Up to £250 will be available for successful candidates.

Further details about the application process are available.

Library lending: important changes coming soon

To improve your experience of borrowing and renewing items, in the coming months a number of changes to the lending of library materials will come into effect.

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