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COVID-19: JB Priestley Library now closed until further notice

New library Click and Collect service

We are introducing a new Click and Collect service for books. This will enable you to borrow printed books and journals, while keeping you and staff as safe as possible. We will collect requested books from our shelves and make them available for you to collect from the library.

  • Staff and Postgraduate students - You may reserve books to collect from 30 Jul. Reserved books may be collected on Tuesdays and Fridays, 11:00-15:00, starting 4 Aug.
  • All students - This service will become available in September. We will publish details as soon as they are available.

More details on how this service works are available on our COVID-19 new service information page.

Special measures in place to help you study from home

  • Borrowing limit was lifted to 30 books. Renew books even with fines over £5.
  • Only return books when the library re-opens. Books are now due back week commencing 31 August.
  • Fines will not be charged on overdue items.
  • NB! Many key texts are available online. Please use the Summon and catalogue search facilities to link to content.

A number of publishers have made additional online resources available to students working remotely. Please use Summon to discover existing and new content for your subject area. See our top tips for finding books during the COVID-19 closure.

Remember to take a break from your academic studies and discover FREE eBooks, magazines and audiobooks on a huge range of topics.

Be more effective in your studying

Academic Skills Support - Are you looking to be more effective in your studying? Advice and guidance is available to help you develop your Writing and Study skills as well as Maths and Stats skills. Book an online appointment or email Academic Skills Advice for more information.

Support from your subject librarians

Contact your subject librarian if you need any help with literature searching, referencing or finding information. Online library help pages for subject areas will also provide support information.

New Library Help services

Library Help is our tool to assist you in getting answers to the most commonly asked questions about our library services.

Need Help? is our new out of hours chat service available from 17:00-08:00 Mon to Fri and all day at the weekends.


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  • Databases and subject specific resources
  • Reading lists
  • Bradford Scholars repository
  • eBooks 
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  • Reference materials
  • Finding books during the COVID-19 closure

Using the library

  • COVID-19 new service information
  • My Library
  • Access online resources
  • Borrowing and returning
  • Group study rooms and equipment
  • Library help
  • OpenAthens accounts
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Reserving and renewing
  • Suggest a new book
  • Visitor access


Find out about

  • Copyright
  • EndNote
  • Inter-Library Loans
  • Literature reviews and systematic reviews
  • Open Access
  • Plagiarism
  • Referencing
  • Workshops
  • Academic Skills


Additional help

  • Alumni
  • Collaborative partners
  • Disabled users
  • Distance learners
  • International students
  • Researchers
  • School and college visitors
  • Video guides
I’ve really liked the flexibility around library opening hours, as an environment for learning it's friendly and helpful.

Special Collections

Discover over 150 collections of rare books and archives: manuscripts, letters, photographs, artworks, newspapers, maps, pamphlets, objects, digital files, and even J.B. Priestley's pipes.  A wonderful resource of images, stories and ideas for students, staff and members of the public.

Research support

Our research support team is ready to assist with Open Access, literature searching, increasing citations, etc either in person, or through workshops and events.