Visiting us

The University of Bristol Theatre Collection is open to all and entry is free.

Opening hours

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 9:30 am–5 pm
  • Wednesday: 9:30 am–5 pm
  • Thursday: 9:30 am–5 pm
  • Friday: 9:30 am–5 pm

Please note that the Theatre Collection is closed on Saturdays, Sundays, bank holidays and University closure days.

Reading Room

If you would like to visit the Theatre Collection to view archive items or undertake research, email We can help you to arrange a visit, confirm dates and times and take requests to view material including books from our reference library. If you are unable to visit, we may be able to assist you remotely with research enquiries. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

An initial search of our online catalogue prior to contacting us is recommended. Please note that not all our collections are catalogued so after searching online, if you are unable to find what you are looking for or have any further questions, please contact us at and we will be able to advise you regarding any relevant uncatalogued items.

On arrival

Our entrance is clearly signed, with black railings outside. Please ring the buzzer for entry (the doors are automatic, so please do not push). A member of staff will be on duty throughout your visit to provide you with the materials you have ordered and answer any questions you may have.

What to bring with you

Paper or digital device for taking notes (pencils are available in the reading room), digital device with camera for taking copies of documents for personal research, water bottle if required. We allow photography in our reading room for making copies of documents for personal research only.

Retrieval requests

Due to staffing levels we ask that you request retrievals before you visit. Please note that some of our material is stored offsite, currently in use for exhibitions or out on loan so it is important to check your requests with us before you visit. To avoid disappointment please email at least two weeks before you intend to visit.


Entrance to the Theatre Collection exhibition is free and there is no need to book in advance unless you are planning a visit for more than 10 people. Please see our opening times above and note that last admission is at 4pm. 

Reference Library

All our library books can be searched for using the Bristol University Library webpages and ordered in advance of visiting, and visitors are welcome to browse the shelves when on site. Please note all rare books are stored off-site and must be requested in advance of your visit.

Find us

Our publicly accessible entrance is located on Park Row:

University of Bristol Theatre Collection
Library Services
Vandyck Building
21 Park Row

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