Opening hours


Reduced hours

In line with the national lockdown restrictions students are asked to only use on campus facilities if you have to, including libraries and study spaces, to reduce the risk of transmission.

Main Library

The Main Library is open to UoB staff and students (no paid external visitors, no SCONUL members, no new external registrations, no day visitors).

You must book in advance before coming to the library. See our safety rules and find out what services are available. 

  • Monday-Friday: 8:00-22:00 (see collection hour trial below)
  • Saturday-Sunday: 10:00-18:00

Collection-only hour trial

From Monday 1 March to Friday 12 March, we're trialling a collection-only hour from 8:00-9:00 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. 

You will be able to visit the Main Library without booking, in order to collect books and other materials, but you will not be able to study during this time. The building will be cleared at 9:00, and bookings will start from 10:00.


The Main Library café is open Monday to Friday 9:00-17:00 and is accessed via the doors on the patio.

Print, collect requests, return

If you want to collect an item you've requested* or return an item, or print off a document, please go to the Main Library's Wolfson Room (open Monday-Friday, 10:00-16:00, and 8:00-16:00 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays during the collection-only hour trial). You don't need to book. Access is via the side door of the Main Library opposite the Teaching and Learning Building. There is no access between the Wolfson Room and the Main Library.

*Loanable items only. If you're collecting a reference or library-use only item, you will need to book a visit and collect the item from the Library Information Centre on the ground floor of the Main Library. 

Barber Fine Art Library

The Barber Fine Art Library is currently closed. If you need a scan from a book held in the library, contact Just Ask.

Barnes Library

Booking isn't required for visiting the Barnes Library. Seating has been spaced for social distancing.

UoB staff and students only.

The Barnes Library is open 24/7, except for the High Demand Collection, which is only open when the library is staffed.

High Demand Collection

  • Monday to Friday: 10:00-16:00
  • Saturday and Sunday: closed


Cadbury Research Library

The Cadbury Research Library is providing a reprographics service and an enhanced enquiries service. It is open for staff and students of the University only. See the CRL's information including how to book a slot to visit and health and safety measures. 

  • Monday to Friday: 11:00 - 15:00

Dental Library

CLOSED until further notice due to circumstances beyond our control. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Orchard Learning Resource Centre

The OLRC is open to UoB staff and students (no paid external visitors, no SCONUL members, no new external registrations, no day visitors). You do not need to book.

  • Monday-Friday: 10:00-16:00
  • Saturday-Sunday: closed  

Shakespeare Institute Library

Find out how to request a book for click and collect.

Monday 22 - Thursday 25 February

Click and collect only

  • 10:00-16:00

Monday 1 - Friday 5 March

Click and collect only

  • 10:00-16:00

Monday 8 March - Thursday 1 April

Click and collect, and limited pre-booked study space.

  • Monday-Friday 10:00-16:00

Friday 2 April





Professional Services