Visit our collections

Covid-19 update

The Reading Room is now open Tuesday-Friday, by appointment, for a limited number of readers. Please see the guide to visiting Special Collections during the Coronavirus emergency or download the pdf version of the guide (PDF, 18kB).

We continue to offer a limited copying service and advice on research as alternative methods of access, but please note we have staff shortages. Queries will be answered as copyright, permissions, and staff availability allow.

Special Collections enquiries should be sent to or voicemails can be left on 0117 928 8014.

Visitors are welcome to Special Collections. We are open to students, members of academic staff and independent researchers.

Location and opening hours

Arts and Social Sciences Library, Tyndall Avenue, Bristol, BS8 1TJ. Find us on the University Google map.

Our normal Reading Room opening times are:

  • Monday : Closed for stocktaking in preparation for the new Library 
  • Tuesday : 10:00-12:30, 1:30-4:00
  • Wednesday : 10:00-12:30, 1:30-4:00
  • Thursday : 10:00-12:30, 1:30-4:00
  • Friday : 10:00-12:30, 1:30-4:00

Special Collections is closed on weekends, bank holidays and the following University closure days.

Making an appointment

All material in Special Collections is for reference use only. Please contact us to make an appointment. 

Visitors need to bring with them a recognised form of identification, such as a university library card, a driving licence or passport.

There is no charge for using Special Collections. Researchers must abide by the Reading Room rules (PDF, 74kB). Laptops may be used in the Reading Room.

Copying services

Please ask Special Collections staff about copying services.




Tyndall Avenue, Bristol, BS8 1TJ

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