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.

Download our Reading room guidelines May 2022 v2 (PDF, 724kB) before you visit.‌

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.

Find us

Our publicly accessible entrance is located on Park Row:

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

Our entrance is clearly signed, with black railings outside. Please ring the buzzer for entry (the doors are automatic, so please do not push).

Find us on the University Google map.

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