Request material from the Research Reserve

The Research Reserve is home to one third of the library's print collections. It is located off-campus and holds books, archive material and journals.

Accessing Research Reserve items

The Research Reserve is closed to library users, but you can find its collections via Library Search or the Card Catalogue Online. They are identified by the location 'Research Reserve' and classmarks containing the word 'Store'.

Items found in Library Search can be requested using the 'Reserve or Request' button.  To request an item which you have found via the Card Catalogue Online, please use the online form:

Request material from the Research Reserve

Collecting your items

Items are normally available within three to five working days. 

A confirmation message will be sent to your University email address when they are ready for collection.

You can collect them from the library you specify on the form.

If you do not hear from the collection library within five working days, or have any queries about your request, please email

Returning your items

You can currently return items to any of our staffed libraries.

See the Library Services 'one-stop shop' page for more details of library services during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Information for external visitors

Covid-19 Restrictions to SCONUL Access & Visitor access at the University of Bristol Library

There will be no access to the library for SCONUL Access users and for visitors from Wednesday 18 March 2020 until further notice.

  • SCONUL Access users will not be able to sign in or register, regardless of their SCONUL Access band. Note that SCONUL Access users who already have a UoB library card will not be affected.

  • The Visitor Scheme will not be in operation from Wednesday 18 March 2020.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused but hope you appreciate that restrictions must be put in place at this difficult time.

UK Research Reserve

Bristol's Research Reserve includes items we safeguard for the nation as part of the prestigious UK Research Reserve (UKRR), a collaborative project designed to build and preserve a nationally-accessible collection of print journals.

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