Stay ‘Winter Well’: your seasonal library mini-guide

Throughout the coming months we want you to stay ‘Winter Well’ – that means getting into some healthy habits that will help you to make the most of your study time, strike the right balance between work, rest and play while making sure you look after yourself, wherever you are during the winter season.

Winter vacation library access

Libraries and study centres will remain accessible until close of business on Thursday 23 December, and reopen on Wednesday 5 January, with the exception of the Arts and Social Sciences Library (which will reopen at 08:00 on Tuesday 4 January) and Beacon House Study Centre (which will reopen at 08:00 on Monday 3 January).

UPDATE: the Arts and Social Sciences Library will be open additionally, 10:00 to 22:00 on Wednesday 29 December to Friday 31 December, and then Monday 3 January.

To check the opening times for all of the libraries and study centres please see the Library locations and opening hours page

Vacation loans

All eligible items borrowed from Wednesday 8 December will be due back on Monday 10 January at the earliest but will renew automatically unless requested by another reader.

Items already on loan will update to this vacation loan when they next automatically renew.

Online Study Lounges – connect with others whilst studying, this winter break

Study Skills online resources will help you get ready for the January assessment period or prepare for effective study if you do not have assessments when you return. Make sure you take a good rest from study over the winter break, but if you do want or need to study then these resources will help you- Academic readingRevision planningRevision techniquesExams and wellbeingOnline open book exams,

Exam papers and questionsPlanning and structuring academic workStudy from homeTime management

In early December and the new year we will be running study groups online and in person to help you structure and get the most out of your day. More information on those can be found here- Study Groups, details and booking.

Self-care during the winter months

It’s really important to make time for some self-care during the Winter months, so doesn’t hurt to be reminded of these at-a-glance tips for combining study with stress management as we progress towards and though the January assessment period: 

  • Little and often: Avoid cramming burn-out by breaking down your study time to two or three hours each day of the holiday. Making revision your focal point at these times will help you to be more productive.  

  • Learn to turn off: Try to avoid having your computer switched on constantly. If you’re revising your handwritten notes, make these your focus.  

  • Pick a strategy: Look at what you have to learn. Is it facts, how to solve problems, complex ideas or how to apply knowledge? Drawing can be a good way to summarise information. Set manageable deadlines and work towards them systematically.  

  • Test yourself as you go along: Only go back to the bits you didn’t remember. Saying things out loud or writing down key words is a quick way to see what you know. 

  • Drink plenty (of water!): You are more productive when you’re hydrated, so keep sipping away. Resist temptation and avoid sugary snacks. They may give you energy but it’ll be short-lasting. Stick to natural sugars and eat healthy energy foods such as nuts or fruit.

  • Don’t worry, be happy: When thinking about the exams, tell yourself you’ll do fine and tell any doubts that you have to be quiet and just get the job done. Remember: it’s okay not to be perfect, just try your best.  

  • Work, rest and play: Balance is crucial. Be sure to combine everything you do in equal and sensible measures. The weather may conspire against you, but even a quick walk outside for some fresh air can help lift your spirits and keep you focused. 

Keep in touch

Use our 'Ask the Library' live chat enquiry service on our contacts page if you have questions about library resources or procedures.

Alternatively, you can email us at library-enquiries@bristol.ac.uk.

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Wellbeing

Our wellbeing information features resources to support you during the holidays. Some are interactive, others are simply soothing. All we hope are enjoyable, and help you to relax and be productive.

We are open online

You can continue to access electronic resources throughout the holiday period. Our subject support pages provide help with finding resources and referencing.

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