University of Bristol Library

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University of Bristol Library

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About the library

The University of Bristol libraries contain approximately 1.4 million volumes of printed books and journals which is the largest academic collection in the South West of England. They also provide access to thousands of electronic resources. The service operates across 9 libraries and a growing number of Library-managed study spaces:

  • Arts and Social Sciences Library and Special Collections
  • Biological Sciences Library
  • Chemistry Library
  • Education Library
  • Medical Library
  • Physics Library
  • Queen's Building Library (Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Science)
  • Veterinary Science Library
  • Wills Library (Earth Sciences, Geography and Law)

The local library catalogue is available online.

British Library Interlibrary Loan Codes

  • Arts and Social Science Library: 2

Accessing materials

Can I see live document availability on Copac? Yes. The Copac local holdings display will tell you if a document is currently on-loan, reference only etc. as well giving you local location details.

Can I obtain items via Inter Library Loan? Yes, subject to the library's local lending policy. You have to request an inter-library loan via a library of which you are a member. Talk to your own library staff about whether they think the document you need is likely to be available for loan and for advice on making an inter-library loan request.

Can I visit the library to view materials? Yes, visit the library's web site for access details. If you wish to visit it is advisable to contact the library in advance to ensure the material you need will be available.

How do I find primary source material held at this institution? Visit the University of Bristol's contributor page at the Archives Hub for information.


University of Bristol data on Copac

Example record from the University of Bristol collections:

The mineralogy and geology of Derbyshire : describing the productions of the mines and the position of the strata, exhibited by engravings; to which is added a description of the most interesting mines in the north of England, Scotland and Wales; and an analysis of Mr. Williams's work intitled The mineral kingdom; subjoined is a glossary of terms and phrases used by miners / by J. Mawe.
  Published: London : printed for the author by W. Phillips [1802]

You can browse all the titles on Copac starting with the above title.