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'.

Items found in Library Search can be requested using the 'Reserve a copy or request from the Research Reserve' button.  To request an item which you have found via the Card Catalogue Online, 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

External users who are not able to reserve items found in Library Search may use the online form:

Request material from the Research Reserve

Please note, items requested by external users may only be collected from the Arts and Social Sciences Library.  They will be sent to this library even if you select another one on the form.  

A confirmation message will be sent to the email address you provide on the from when the items are ready for collection.

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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