All Bristol Uni libraries and study spaces to open from 19th April

Wills Library will also been open from 12th April


Bristol University has confirmed in an email that all of the university’s libraries and study spaces will be opening on 19th April, subject to government guidelines.

This follows the initial opening of only the ASSL and Veterinary Library in January, followed by the Chemistry Library, Medical Library and Beacon House Study Centre when demand for essential use increased.

The university have now told students “we are hoping to be able to reopen Wills Library on 12 April and all other Libraries and study spaces on 19 April.”

The news also follows yesterday’s changes to the library seat booking system, which introduced fixed booking slots, after students urged for the original system, which allowed for bookings to be made in fifteen-minute slots, to be changed.

From Monday, students have now been able to book up to seven two-hour slots per week.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, however, university library spaces are still only available to students requiring urgent access to IT and digital services, those who need specific facilities and/or are unable to work at home.

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Current study space availability is as follows:

Arts and Social Sciences Library, 7 days a week, 9am-5:30pm

Chemistry Library, Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm

Veterinary Sciences Library, Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm

Beacon House Study Centre, Monday-Friday, 8:45am-8:30pm and weekends, 9am-5pm

Library Service have also announced additional support for students over the Easter break, including an online study lounge, aiming to help students with collaborative projects, as well as a platform to book online tutorials.

Bookings can be made via the study space access form, available here.

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