Arts and Social Sciences Library

New opening hours- 24/7 all year round

  • Welcome Desk staffed 24/7 - (security service only from 8pm - 8am)
  • Information Desk staffed  9am-7pm (will differ at weekends and Bank Holidays)
Please check below for more information about Supported Self Service.

Opening hours

Information Desk opening hours

The locking down process for this service starts 15 minutes before the closing time.

DayOpening hours
Monday to Thursday 9 am - 7 pm
Friday 9 am - 6 pm
Saturday 9 am - 5 pm
Sunday Closed all day
Bank Holidays and University closure days 9 am - 5 pm

Supported Self Service at Arts and Social Sciences Library 

Every day between 8pm-8am the Arts and Social Sciences Library provides a Supported Self Service. 

This means that you can continue to access the study spaces on all three floors of the library after the Library information desk has closed. You will also be able to issue books and standard reservations using the self-service machines as well as return books using our automated book return slots near the Welcome desk.

Group Rooms bookings available up to 8pm only.  

If you have a library enquiry our 24 hour online chat service will enable you to contact a librarian. 

There will be a member of the overnight security team based in the library to support the safe running of the space. 

If you need wellbeing support during this time the Residential Life team based at the Hawthorns are available -  0117 42 83 302.   

For more urgent security or safety emergencies the University security team can be contacted - 0117 33 11 223 (this number is also printed on the back of your UCard).

Loan periods and borrowing limits

All Arts and Social Sciences Library items are subject to the standard loan periods and borrowing limits with the following exceptions:

  • These materials are confined to the library:
    • new books on display
    • reference books
    • theses
    • items from special collections
    • recent issues of journals
    • examination papers
    • books marked with a red label

More about borrowing


Tyndall Avenue, Bristol, BS8 1TJ

Take a look inside:


  • 24/7 study centre
  • Silent study
  • Group study
  • Staffed
  • Scanning
  • Wheelchair access
  • Late opening
  • Weekend opening
  • Café
  • Vending machine

Access information

Detailed access information for the Arts and Social Sciences Library from AccessAble.

Extra support

To discuss extra support you may need when coming to the library, including Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans (PEEPs), please contact Library Support.


General enquiries

Tel: +44 (0)117 928 8000 | Internal 88000

Customer Services Manager

Julia Richardson

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