Morning closure of the Arts and Social Sciences Library on 18 August

The Arts and Social Sciences Library will be closed between 8am and 12pm on Thursday 18 August in order to facilitate some urgent maintenance work which will involve turning off the main water supply. We apologise for any inconvenience that this causes. Please check Find a study space for information about alternative study facilities and locations.

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:

New Library web pages

Our new Library web pages went live on Thursday, 23 June. Developed in partnership with the University's Web Team, the pages have been streamlined and redesigned to support access to the site via mobile devices, and also to improve promotion of key services.

As part of the launch of the new site, the Library's Additional Library Support and Dyslexia and Disability services information has been brought together under the heading Accessibility and support.

Library information for graduands

All final year undergraduate students are required to return all outstanding library loan items and pay all outstanding library charges by Friday 10 June 2016.

Students are asked to visit their library in person or log into their library account. Please note that library staff are unable to provide account status information by email.

Library access after the end of term

Bristol graduands can continue to have reading and reference access after the end of term and until 31 July 2016. Note that the Ucard will stop working on access gates once you have officially passed your course so you will need to show your Ucard and sign in at the library you wish to visit.

Bristol graduands who require reading and reference access beyond 31 July 2016, should apply for a free Bristol Graduate visitor card. Bristol graduates can also join the library as an external borrower. Once graduated, and provided the library account is cleared of all outstanding library loan items and library charges, students can apply for a Bristol Graduate borrower card. There is a subscription fee for this service which is currently £60 per annum. This entitles graduates to borrow 20 books at a time. Further information on visitor access.

For occasional visits Bristol Graduates can also make use of our visitor scheme for day visits.

If you are deferring or resitting your examinations later in the summer (or if you are finishing your intercalating year) and having problems with you library account,  or for any other queries please 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.

New study spaces

Beacon House Study Centre is now open with over 350 study spaces and group areas for collaborative study.

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