Studying online

We have increased the number of e-resources you can access and now provide you with access to around one million e-books, 100,000 e-journals, plus a wide range of databases.

You can use our scan-and-deliver service to request digitised book chapters and journal articles, which we will email to you. We can also post items to you. More information can be found on our borrowing pages.

If you are having problems accessing the materials you need online (for example books, journals and articles) - please contact us.


How to use key technology for online lessons

We've created a guide to online learning with advice on key technology and how to engage with online lessons.

Online learning

Disabled users

Here are some specific resources to help disabled users:

Please contact us if you need any further support with accessing reading for your course.

Visiting our Libraries

Please familiarise yourself with our current safety measures before visiting us.

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Library occupancy status (traffic-light system)

We are monitoring building occupancy and may need to restrict access when we are busy. To ensure that you can work safely in our spaces, we are using a traffic-light system to help us manage building occupancy. When entering our libraries, you will see signage with our current status.

Here is what our traffic light system means to you:

  • Green – there is plenty of study space available.
  • Amber – we are close to reaching our current capacity. Please consider returning later if your visit is not essential.
  • Red – our study spaces are full and we are closed to new arrivals. Please make yourself known to staff at the entrance if you have items to return or have a collect notification.

As our spaces open from busy corridor areas, we are unable to allow queuing outside of our entrance. You will be asked to leave by University staff if you are waiting outside during a red status period.


External users (not a UWE Bristol student or staff member)

Update: Thursday 10th February 2022

We are open once again for visitors. Our visitor access pages contain details on how to join as member and the times our services are available to you. 

Safety measures in our libraries

  • Please continue to wear a face covering when moving around in the library.
  • Remember to be mindful and respectful of others, noting that some people are less able to wear face coverings, and that the reasons for this may not be visible to others. Be nice and make space.
  • Sanitisation stations can be found across our floors, with hand gels and wipes for use before and after using study desks and equipment.

Access to books and other physical resources

  • Our libraries are open for browsing and collecting items from the shelves for self-issue. We remain open to students and staff only at this time.
  • Our recall and reserve services allow you to recall items currently on loan, or request a transfer to collect items from a different campus library.
  • If you aren't able to come to the library in person, staff and students can use our scan-and-deliver service to request digitised book chapters and journal articles, which we will email to you. We also offer a postal loans service. More information can be found on our borrowing pages.
  • Printing is available.

Returning books

We have a large number of items out on loan due to restrictions brought about by the pandemic. Please return any books that you no longer need.

Guidance on how and where to return your items can be found on our borrowing web page, including our freepost returns service if you are unable to return your items in person.



We have widened our services to support you working from home. These include bookable 1:1 support via Microsoft Teams, providing support on a range of topics including finding resources to improving your study skills.

Our Ask a Librarian 24/7 online chat and email services remain available for whenever you need us.

One-to-one appointments

Check Infohub to book a one-to-one appointment on topics such as reading, writing and referencing, literature reviews and critical writing. Find out more about one-to-one appointments.

If no appointment slots are available, contact us to discuss your needs.

Study skills advice and support

Access online library workbooks to improve your study skills, including reading and note taking, writing, critical thinking, presentation skills and time management. These interactive resources cover the skills that you need to be successful in your assignments. You will also find a series of reading lists which list additional books, training videos and other resources that will enable you to develop your skills further. You can also sign up for our online workshops or book a one-to-one appointment for help with study skills.

Study skills 

LinkedIn Learning

Access thousands of online training videos in software, design and business. LinkedIn Learning is a vast library of high quality, current, and engaging video tutorials. Perfect for developing the skills you need during your studies, for future employment and even your hobbies. If you’re a staff member, you’ll find training courses about business software and tools that you might have recently needed to adopt due to home working.

LinkedIn Learning

Updates for academic staff

Copyright guidance for teaching staff during COVID-19

We've published some copyright guidance for teaching staff during COVID-19 about preparing learning materials for remote teaching.

Digitisation service

Our Digitisation Service (staff intranet) is still operating. Please submit a digitisation request (via your reading list or the online form) and we will contact you if it is not possible to fulfil it.

Library support

Academic staff can contact their Subject Librarians to discuss:

  • delivery of online teaching for study skills
  • assistance in putting together a bespoke package of the extensive online content available through the study skills pages
  • designing assessments in line with the digital resources available for students to use.

Support from IT services

Please visit the IT Services webpages for more information that will help you to study remotely. This includes software to download for use at home.

You may also need: IT Services Status Hub