Library Services study seat booking system

New students: prior to obtaining your Ucard

If you are a new student and have not yet obtained your Ucard you are permitted visit the Arts and Social Sciences Library and Wills Memorial Library during staffed opening hours only
Please bring along a form of ID and a proof of online registration when you arrive for your booking. Please do not make bookings for other libraries or study centres as these will be inaccessible to you without a valid Ucard. 
For more information on obtaining your Ucard, please see: University ID card (UCard) | Current students | University of Bristol

This information will help you to understand how our study seat booking system works and what you will need to do when using it.

Using study seats in libraries and study centres

The eight libraries and four study centres are open for all students to use. Most seats can be used on a walk-in basis. This means that you will not need to book ahead of using them. At some of our venues there is the option to book a study desk. You may find this useful if you want to guarantee a workspace in a particular library or study centre at a designated time. You may find it helpful to use both options.

Although COVID is still with us, this year we’re able to return to much more interaction in person in both teaching and social spaces. The high levels of COVID security we put in place last year remain – so you’ll find hand sanitising stations in all buildings and teaching spaces – and we ask that you continue to wear face coverings when in buildings across campus. Keep up the regular handwashing and remember to take two lateral flow tests every week. If you haven’t had a vaccination yet, you can find out how to book one online. If you have symptoms of Coronavirus you need to remain at home and take a PCR test.

How to book your study seat

To book a study seat please use the following link:

You will be redirected to LibCal, our seat booking software. You may book up to 20 hours per week subject to availability. Remember, if you are unable to book a study seat you can still use libraries and study centres on a walk-in basis.

Demand for study space will continue to be regularly reviewed across the year and the booking may be extended to a larger proportion of study seats at key times of the year.

On the day of your seat booking

On arrival you must check into the space desk to ‘claim’ the booking. Do this by scanning the seat’s QR code and entering the three-digit booking code included in your confirmation email.

Scanning a QR code is easy on most Apple and Android mobile phones – just point your camera app at the code. Some older mobiles will require you to install an app to do this; simply search ‘QT reader’ on the Google Play or Apple App store to find an app.

  • You must only sit at the desk you have booked.

  • If you are unable to make the slot you have booked, please cancel your booking so that it is available for other students. If you do not cancel your booking, you will lose this proportion of your weekly booking allocation.

  • Seats must be vacated promptly at the end of each booking You are responsible for cleaning the desk you have used prior to check out. Cleaning stations are available in each study area.

  • Please observe the current Covid-19 safe working regulations during your time in libraries and study centres. This may vary across the year so please ensure that you keep up to date with the latest advice and guidance.

  • Please not that food is not permitted in the library, and all drinks must be lidded.

  • We ask that you do not take up your booking if you are feeling unwell or have any symptoms of Covid-19.

Group Study

In addition to individual study spaces there is the option to book group study rooms at various locations across campus. There are rooms of different sizes, some with AV facilities.

To book a slot in a group study room please use the following link:

You will be redirected to LibCal, our booking software. Here you will find descriptions of the room and the size of group that can be accommodated. You may book one-hour slots and are responsible for vacating the room on time so that the next group can use the space.

  • The person making the booking is responsible for making sure that the room is left clean and tidy for the next group to use.

  • Please note that food is not permitted in group study rooms, and all drinks must be lidded.

  • We ask that you do not take up your booking if you or another member of the group are feeling unwell or have any symptoms of Covid-19.

Service eligibility  

This service is only available to University of Bristol students. Currently we are unable to offer bookable seats to external visitors.


If you have questions about seat booking email


Study seat booking form

Use this form to request a study seat in one of our libraries or study centres. 

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