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The Centenary Campaign: expanding minds, expanding futures

23 October 2014

Libraries are gateways to knowledge, but the way we access, share and use information is constantly changing.

Our students spend a large part of their time in our ten libraries, so it’s vital the spaces meet their study needs now, and in the future. Thanks to donations from alumni and foundations since the start of the Centenary Campaign, we have been able to transform and refurbish some of Bristol’s most historic buildings, to ensure our students can enjoy a first-class learning experience.

With considerable leadership and support from the Law Campaign Board, alumni, staff and friends gave £1 million towards the £2.2 million refurbishment of the Wills Memorial Library. The Grade II* listed building has been enhanced by integrating modern technology, power outlets, audio visual and flexible study areas, while still preserving its impressive, and inspiring, architecture.

University libraries are also where students can come together or find a safe haven for private study. The £4.1 million refurbishment of the Arts and Social Sciences Library and the Lifezone Medical Library included more social, flexible learning spaces, as well as improved IT, technology and self-service facilities.

The Centenary Campaign has also helped fund the Multimedia Centre in Modern Languages (MMC), giving students better and more innovative ways to improve their language skills. The centre includes a cinema suite, televisions offering foreign satellite channels, and a recording studio to practice for oral assessments.

Every year, we continue to invest in improving the University’s libraries, while at the same time ensuring that we preserve the character of the spaces that make Bristol so special.

All donations Bristol receives between now and the close of the Centenary Campaign in December 2014 will have a real impact on the future of our libraries and our students. To find out more, or to make a gift, please visit