Central library: reference library
Information on what resources are available in the reference library.
Our reference library is on the first floor of the Central library. You can’t borrow most of the reference items. If there’s an item you’d like to borrow, ask our library staff.
The reference library includes:
- our art collection
- newspapers and magazines
- our local studies collection
- family history resources
- maps, atlases, legal and medical textbooks, and language dictionaries
The online catalogue lists items we got after 1985. For items we got before 1985, check our card catalogues, or ask our librarians to help you.
The collection’s special items include:
- original 19th century travel accounts
- research material on the history of the slave trade in Bristol
- early printed books
To view our rare or valuable items, you need to let us know up to five working days in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or ringing 0117 903 7202 .
We’ll need to see proof of your identity. You can find a list of what you can use as proof on the join the library page.
One of our librarians might need to be in the room with you when you use rare or valuable books. You can’t photocopy fragile material.
Bristol, BS1 5TL
Monday 10am to 7pm.
Tuesday 10am to 7pm.
Thursday 10am to 7pm.
Friday 10am to 5pm.
Saturday 10am to 5pm.
Sunday 1pm to 5pm.
Tel: 0117 903 7250 [Tel]
Text phone: 0117 357 4444 (TexBox. Choose 'Central Library')