Request material from the Research Reserve

The Research Reserve is home to one third of the library's print collections. It is located off-campus and holds books, archive material and journals.

Accessing Research Reserve items

The Research Reserve is closed to library users, but you can find its collections via Library Search or the Card Catalogue Online. They are identified by the location 'Research Reserve' and classmarks containing the word 'Store'.

To request an item, please use the online form:

Request material from the Research Reserve

Collecting your items

Items are normally available within three to five working days. 

A confirmation message will be sent to your University email address when they are ready for collection.

You can collect them from the library you specify on the form.

If you do not hear from the collection library within five working days, or have any queries about your request, please email

Returning your items

You can return items to any of our staffed libraries.

Information for external visitors

Any member of the public not currently a registered Library borrower or reader, who wishes to consult items from the Library stock, including the Research Reserve, should check our access conditions at:  You can also contact

UK Research Reserve

Bristol's Research Reserve includes items we safeguard for the nation as part of the prestigious UK Research Reserve (UKRR), a collaborative project designed to build and preserve a nationally-accessible collection of print journals.

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