Students and staff at schools and colleges
UWE Bristol Library Services welcomes visits from schools and colleges. Our staff will be happy to help you organise a visit.
Visiting our libraries
We regret to announce that we are not currently accepting applications for visits from schools and colleges due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Join the Library
Anyone can join the Library for free. You'll be able to use the study space, borrow books, use a photocopier, and access some of our online databases.
Training in the use of library resources
If your school group requires a training session, this must be arranged in advance. Please contact us for more information.
Arrange a visit
- All arrangements must be made in advance, and we would need two weeks' notice to organise a visit. Please let us know if any of your students have access needs.
- All groups must be accompanied by a teacher/tutor or school/college librarian.
- Applications will not normally be accepted from individual school/college students, although students aged 16 and over are welcome to use any of our libraries following a visit with their school or college.
- Please contact us if you would like to organise a visit.
Library resources for schools
UWE Bristol Library has compiled some links to freely-available library resources for schools, including:
- the UWE Bristol library search engine
- subject-specific web gateways
- open-access databases
- study skills support for 6th form students considering university
- other public and university libraries.
UWE Bristol's library search
The library search is the best source of information about the books, journals (magazines), and other materials available in UWE Bristol libraries.
You can search for material on any topic and for a particular book if you know the author and title. Reference use of any of our printed books and magazines is available to any member of the public.
Web gateways and search engines are useful starting points for finding your way around the Internet and identifying reliable sources of information.
- Credo Reference provides links to information on all subjects through its topic pages, some of which are free for anyone to use.
- Resources for your subject web pages (created by UWE Bristol Library) provide links to useful websites which are, for the most part, available free of charge.
Databases provide information about what has been published in magazines and journals. One or two of these are available free of charge, so it would be worth exploring these, for example:
- Google Scholar provides a simple way to search for academic literature, helping you find relevant work across the world of scholarly research, though not all the articles listed will be available to you, if you’re not students at UWE Bristol.
- Open-access resources such as the Directory of Open Access Journals and OpenDOAR, the Directory of Open Access Repositories, provide information about a wide range of journal articles, reports and other papers which are made available by universities and other research institutions free of charge.
UWE Bristol’s study skills resources brings together a wide range of study skills support available to students at the university. Much of the material is free for anyone to use and is particularly useful for 6th form students considering applying to university.
Other universities in the area may be able to offer similar support to UWE Bristol.
Public libraries are also an excellent place to find information and material about school and exam topics (for example, try LibrariesWest or the Wiltshire Public Library Service).
Many public libraries subscribe to online databases which library members can use free of charge, both within the libraries and at home. You should make enquiries at your local branch and make sure you join!