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.
Learn more about the library's digital service offer.
Guidance on how to access the library's electronic resources when working off-campus.
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.
Get help with subject-related enquiries and advice about library resources.
Special Collections enquiries should be sent to email@example.com 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
When will libraries be open again?
We are currently awaiting the guidance from the Department of Education which will determine which services we can offer, and from which of our libraries. In the meantime, we are offering a limited service for those in urgent need from the Arts and Social Sciences Library. We will update our webpages as changes to the service are announced, including when we are able to re-open libraries.
Can I access physical books and journals?
Unless the book you require is available at the Arts and Social Sciences Library AND you are in Bristol and able to collect it, we regret that at present we have no way of enabling access to physical library resources. Please contact your subject librarian to discuss other options, or contact your tutor.
What should I do about my books?
All loans have been extended until the 8th February, and will be extended further if necessary. At present, books (from any UoB Library) can he returned to the Arts and Social Sciences Library but, in line with Government advice on when you should leave your house, you should not visit the library solely for this purpose.
Are you able to provide me with scanned copies of book chapters and articles?
We regret that this is not possible at present, however, we will provide a digital copy for you where possible, and we will investigate the purchase of eBooks as an alternative - please contact the subject librarian team for advice.
How do I access online resources?
Information on accessing our online resources is available here.
Can I use the printers in the library?
You can use the printers in the Arts and Social Sciences Library if you have an urgent need and can't print at home. This provision is likely to change as government advice is updated so please check the webpage regularly.
Can I borrow a loan laptop from the library?
If you are having difficulty with your own device we suggest you contact IT Services for remote support or notify your department if you are worried that your studies may be affected. Laptops are currently available for loan in the Arts and Social Sciences Library as usual, but these may only be used in the library.
I need help accessing resources. Can someone help me?
Our Subject Librarians are still available to help you. Find out who to contact for your course here.
How can I contact the library?
Can I still suggest new books?
You can tell us which title you need and we will try to supply it in electronic format or suggest an alternative. Instructions on how to submit your suggestion can be found here.