About the library

UWE Bristol provides modern library services to support your learning and study needs across all our campuses.

What we offer

UWE Bristol provides modern library services enhancing the learning experience for all our students. We have libraries to support your learning and study needs across all our campuses. Each is equipped with a range of resources, such as books, digital resources, training videos and reading lists.

Help and support

  • Helpful, friendly and knowledgeable staff
  • Ask for help 24/7 from our Ask a Librarian online chat service
  • Library staff can help you with some key academic study skills such as referencing, finding and evaluating, and academic reading and writing skills. You can access this help online, at help desks/through the chat service, or in workshops
  • Support for disabled students and student with specific learning difficulties - from assistive software to the reformatting of core texts

Study spaces

  • a range of study spaces - silent, quiet, group
  • specialist software zones
  • internet access and Wi-Fi
  • laptops for loan
  • printing and photocopying facilities.


Whenever possible we buy e-books rather than print to enable you to access the texts when and where you need them.

Resources include:

  • 1000s of books - including around one million e-books
  • a wide range of databases to search for articles on your subject
  • 100,000+ journals available online
  • audiovisual items including DVDs.

Resources A-Z

Strategy and plans

Library careers and inclusivity plan 2020-2021 PDF describes the long-term Library Services strategy for the period 2020-21.

Supporting academic partnerships

To our partners

UWE Bristol Library Services is committed to supporting our academic partners.

Our aims are as follows:

  • To give partner-based students, and the staff supporting them, access to as much of our extensive collection of electronic journals and books as possible.
  • To help and advise our partners so they can develop their collections and services to support UWE Bristol students studying there.

We will undertake this by doing the following:

  • Providing access to all the electronic books, journals and databases allowed by the publishers' licences.
  • Training key individuals (usually library staff) in the use of UWE Bristol Library resources so that partner-based UWE Bristol students' use of UWE Bristol resources can be supported locally. This training will usually be carried out remotely.
  • Offering the additional option of training partner-based UWE Bristol students, and the academic staff supporting them, in the use of UWE Bristol library resources, where negotiated as part of the academic agreement.
  • Helping and advising our partners so they can develop their library collections and services to support UWE Bristol students studying there
  • Taking into account the needs of partner-based UWE Bristol students when developing library services, and by keeping partners informed of any changes to services offered by UWE Bristol Library.
  • Providing a point of contact within UWE Bristol Library Services for all queries relating to the support of partner-based UWE Bristol students.
  • Providing easy access to our physical library collections, should partner staff and students wish to use them.

To UWE Bristol staff

UWE Bristol Library Services is committed to supporting UWE Bristol's vision of developing and expanding its academic partnerships and ensuring a quality Higher Education experience within our academic partners.

We will undertake this by doing the following:

  • Actively participating in UWE Bristol's quality processes when approving new partners, thereby ensuring partner-based UWE Bristol students can access local, library resources and information-literacy support.
  • Working with UWE Bristol's programme teams to ensure the requirements for library collections and information literacy are addressed when creating new partner programmes.
  • Working to make electronic books, journals and databases available to our partner staff and students, where allowed by the publishers' licensing agreements.
  • Providing training to key partner staff (usually library staff) in the use of UWE Bristol Library resources.
  • Taking into account the needs of partner-based UWE Bristol students and staff when developing library services.
  • Working with academic staff, faculties and appropriate groups (Federation Management Group, Collaborative Provision Committee etc.) to share information about: partner developments; how UWE Bristol Library Services can support partners; the quality of partner-library provision.
  • Helping and advising our partners so they can develop their library collections and information skills support.
  • Ensuring that all UWE Bristol Library staff are aware of the nature and extent of UWE Bristol’s academic partnerships, and by working with partner-based staff and students to provide an excellent service.

Awards and achievements

Investors in People (IIP) accreditation

Library Services is delighted to have achieved the Investors in People - Gold Award. The IIP assessor commented:

This assessment highlighted the consistent and positive way in which people throughout Library Services experience excellent leadership and management support, to deliver their job role, and to seek further career enrichment or progression. The investment made in learning and development is significant, and frequently linked to the achievement of professional qualifications. The variety of learning and development activities demonstrate a keen interest in being innovative, using the best solutions with internal resources (examples include staff development hour and eLearning), together with external events such as conferences, networking, and courses.

This is a wonderful endorsement of our commitment to staff development, that has included protecting the budget for training and development, and the fortnightly staff development hour.

Library code of conduct

  • The library aims to provide you with an environment conducive to learning. This can only be delivered in partnership with you. Please help us achieve this by observing the noise restrictions and leaving study areas clean and tidy.
  • You can consume cold food, cold drinks and hot drinks with lids in the library but please be considerate to others studying.
  • A valid UWE Bristol ID card, or Library card, is required to gain entry to the Library out of core business hours. All users are expected to produce this on request.
  • The University accepts no responsibility for personal possessions brought into the libraries. 
  • All Library users should acquaint themselves with the fire and safety regulations displayed in the libraries.
  • Users are responsible for each item issued to them until they return it to the Library.
  • It is the user's responsibility to return items on or before the date due for return. Fines are charged for late return of loans.
  • Users are asked to return loans immediately on request.
  • If users have overdue loans they may not be permitted to borrow until their record is clear. The replacement cost will be charged if an item is not returned.
  • Anyone found to have marked, defaced or damaged any material will be charged the replacement cost. In the case of UWE Bristol staff and students the matter will be referred to the Dean of the appropriate Faculty, or Head of Service, to be dealt with under the Disciplinary Rules and Regulations as a matter of minor misconduct. In the case of other users the matter will be referred to the Head of Library Services and may lead to the withdrawal of access to the Library.
  • All Library users must comply with the law of copyright in their use of any resources they borrow from or use in the libraries or remotely, and with the terms of any licences the University may hold relating to such material.
  • Users will be required to indemnify the University and its staff against any claims made against them as a result of their breaking or causing or permitting others to break the above agreement.
  • If faults occur when using equipment, users should not attempt their own repairs but should inform Library staff immediately.
  • Children must be under the supervision of a responsible adult at all times.