Facilities and resources

We want to support you in independent study and are continually investing in new facilities and technology to ensure you have access to the highest quality of education.


There are nine University libraries - all of which are open to you and have extended opening hours during assessment periods - plus a variety of open access study spaces around campus. The libraries provide access to millions of print and online resources as well as specialist equipment and support for students who have a disability.

Subject librarians are on hand to show you how to use print and online resources effectively and international students have the support of an international librarian. 

Our study spaces cater for quiet and silent study, as well as offering group study rooms for collaborative work, and cafes and common rooms for social study breaks. 

Museums and collections

The University is home to an array of archives and special collections, including the Brunel Collection and Penguin Archive. The University of Bristol Theatre Collection holds one of the world’s largest theatre archives.

The plant collections at the University’s Botanic Garden are used extensively for teaching in the School of Biological Sciences, while the Geology museum houses over 100,000 specimens, some of international importance. Many other departments hold their own archives and special collections.

IT facilities

IT-equipped study spaces are conveniently located across the University with a mix of quiet areas and more social spaces for group work. You will have access to IT facilities including:

  • 2,300 PCs (many offer 24-hour access), printing, photocopying and scanning facilities.
  • A mix of powered and unpowered study spaces in all libraries, enabling you to use your own mobile and laptop devices with ease.
  • 'My Bristol' - the University portal - which gives you access to your timetable, library account and the University's online learning environment from anywhere in the world.

IT services provide a range of support including:

  • free training courses on how to use a variety of software packages;
  • a dedicated student laptop and mobile clinic;
  • a professionally staffed service desk and AskIT online community.

Learn a new language

The University's Applied Foreign Language (AFL) programme offers you the opportunity to learn a new language from beginners' level, or to continue a language you have studied at school. 

New developments

We continue to invest in our academic estate to ensure you will have access to the best facilities. Recent developments include:

A £56.5 million Life Sciences building featuring state-of-the-art teaching labs

Beacon House study centre - offering 370 quiet and flexible group learning spaces, centrally situated in easy reach of all University facilities. 

A 450-seat lecture theatre in the Social Sciences Complex.

I really like the sheer amount of facilities that are offered at the University. The availability of nine libraries perfectly accommodates my workload and study patterns. The law school teaching staff and the range of books available have thoroughly aided my learning thus far.

Patricia (First year, LLB Law)
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