We hope you enjoy your Christmas break, even if you are still studying.

Your library at Christmas

This information is also available as a downloadable PDF: Library Christmas card 2019 (PDF, 712kB)

Vacation Loans

Seven Day Loan items borrowed from Monday 9 December will be due back on Monday 6 January at the earliest, but will renew automatically unless requested by another reader. 

We strongly recommend that One Day Loan items are not taken away from Bristol over the vacation because they may be requested by another reader and recalled at short notice. 

Study facilities during the holiday

Arts and Social Sciences Library 

Monday 23 December                            open 8am - 10pm 
(ground floor only)        

Tuesday 24 December to                       CLOSED 
Thursday 26 December

Friday 27 December                                open 24/7 from 8am 
(ground floor only) 

Saturday 28 December to                      open 24/7
Monday 30 December
(ground floor only)

Tuesday 31 December                           open 24/7 until 10pm 
(ground floor only) 

Wednesday 1 January                             CLOSED 

Thursday 2 January to                            ground floor 24/7
Sunday 5 January                                    upper floors 8am - 8pm  

Monday 6 January:                                 
ground floor 24/7
                                                                  all floors
 24/7 from 8am 


Hawthorns Study Centre 

Monday 23 December: open 8am - 10pm 

Tuesday 24 December to Thursday 26 December: CLOSED 

Friday 27 December: open 24/7 from 8.00am 

Saturday 28 December to Monday 30 December: 24/7 

Tuesday 31 December: 24/7 until 10pm 

Wednesday 1 January: CLOSED 

Thursday 2 January: open 24/7 from 8am 


Beacon House Study Centre 

Open until 6pm Monday 23 December and then closed until 9am Thursday 2 January 


Grace Reeves Study Centre 

Open until 10pm Monday 23 December and then closed until 8am Friday 3 January 


Senate House Study Centre 

Open until 6pm Monday 23 December and then closed until 8am Friday 3 January 


For information about the opening and closing times for all libraries and study centres over the Christmas and New Year period please see: bristol.ac.uk/library/locations-opening/ 

Off-campus access to library resources

Many of the Library’s eBooks, eJournals and databases are available to use off-site via the web. Help and advice is available.

Use of other university libraries

You may be able to use other UK University libraries for reading and reference through the SCONUL Access scheme.

Ask the Library online chat

Whether you're on campus or back at home, if you have a question about library services and resources our online chat service is available to help, 24 hours a day. When UoB staff aren't available your enquiry will be handled by expert colleagues elsewhere in the world. Just use the pop up question box on our home page.

Coming soon:

Study well / Keep well

From Monday 6 January we will be doing our bit to sustain you through the January assessment period, with activities, information and advice on how to look after yourself, stay balanced and be productive. Keep an eye on our wellbeing page for more details.

Study Skills in January

Study Skills has online resources on revision skills, exam technique and wellbeing for use during the January exam period. You can also book a 1-1 tutorial or a place on a revision skills or exam techniques workshop. Resources and all booking forms can be found on the Blackboard Study Skills tab via this link.

Find a study desk

The Find a study desk service will be live during the January assessment period - this is designed to indicate desk availability levels across the libraries and study centres at regular times during the day.

New Library

Keep up-to-date with this exciting project as it moves through its early planning stages.

Some vacation study tips

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

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

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.

The information on this page is also available as a printed Christmas card, available in all libraries. 

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