Library Services: your 'one-stop shop'

Covid-19 update: national lockdown announced

On Monday 4 January the Government announced a return to national lockdown

As such, all our libraries and study centres are currently closed, except the Arts and Social Sciences Library, which remains open 7 days a week, 9am-5.30pm for urgent access only.

This access is restricted to: 

  • those with an urgent need to access IT and digital services – for example those who do not have it at home,  
  • those unable to study at home and who need specific facilities.

Please use this form to request access to the study seat booking system. Seats are available for silent study only.

We want to reassure you that we will not refuse entry to anyone fulfilling either criteria. However we would remind you to stay at home if you can, ensure that you have been tested before you return to campus and that if you are permitted access to ASSL you strictly observe two-metre social distancing and wear a face covering at all times. Please note that food is not permitted in the library, and all drinks must be lidded.

We are open online

Learn more about the library's digital service offer.

Accessing electronic resources

Guidance on how to access the library's electronic resources when working off-campus.

Accessibility and support

Find out about the services and support we provide for disabled and dyslexic learners. We can also support part time learners or those with caring/parental responsibility where time on campus is limited. 


We have revamped our regular wellbeing information to bring you some resources to support you during the ongoing Covid-19 crisis. Some are interactive, others are simply soothing. All we hope are enjoyable, and help you to relax and be productive.

Subject support

Get help with subject-related enquiries and advice about library resources.

Study skills

The Study Skills team are running online tutorials and workshops for all students, including an interactive online resource on studying from home.

Special Collections

Special Collections enquiries should be sent to or voicemails can be left on 0117 928 8014. The Reading Room remains closed for the time being but staff may be able to provide a copying service and may be able to undertake some initial research on your behalf. Please see the Special Collections webpage for more information about the collections.

Frequently asked questions

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