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'.

University staff and students: items found in Library Search can be requested using the 'Reserve or Request' button which is displayed next to the item details.  Items found via the Card Catalogue Online can be requested using the online form below:

Request material from the Research Reserve

External visitors: please see the section below for details of how to access items 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.

Information for external visitors

External users are welcome to request items from the Research Reserve to be consulted within the Library in accordance with either our Visitor Access Scheme or the SCONUL Access Scheme.  Please use our book retrieval service form to make a request.  This form can be used whether you have found the details on Library Search or the Card Catalogue Online.  There may be seasonal restrictions to access at peak times of library demand. Please see the links below for more information:

External users and subscribers

We regret that we are currently unable to process external user applications or renew subscriptions, but readers who have previously accessed our libraries in this way are welcome to use the Visitor Access Scheme until normal service is resumed.  If you have any questions, please email the Visitor Access Team at


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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