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Library wins Outstanding Contribution Team Award

We are delighted to announce that the library team won the Outstanding Contribution Team Award at the Outstanding Achiever Awards on 5 May.

The award recognises the dedication and hard work the whole team put in to achieving the Customer Services Excellence accreditation.

Paul Watson (Pro Vice-Chancellor - Learning, Teaching & Student Experience) passed on congratulations to the team: "I know the award recognises your collective efforts in achieving the Customer Services Excellence accreditation, but your outstanding contribution to university life extends far beyond this."

Outstanding Contribution Team Award winner's certificate and award surrounded by decorations on a table

Access to the Library entrance on Sun 29 May

On Sun 29 May the entrance matting to the J.B. Priestley Library is being replaced. This will mean that between 8am and 4pm access to the library will be from the Student Central side only.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.


J.B. Priestley Library achieves CSE

The library has achieved Customer Service Excellence®. This is a government standard that recognises an organisation’s commitment to putting customers first.

We would like to thank all who helped us achieve this by attending focus groups and by providing valuable feedback.

Special Collections achieves Archive Service Accreditation for second time

Congratulations to Special Collections for achieving the Archive Service Accreditation award for a second time!

Archive Service Accreditation is the UK standard for archive services and this award means that Special Collections has been recognised again for good performance in all aspects of service delivery.

Broaden Bradford's Books

Your University Library supports University of Bradford’s decolonisation strategy and is committed to provision of inclusive and diverse collections. Broaden Bradford’s Books is an initiative for our staff and students to help us with our aim to increase the diversity of our library collections. For example, broadening the range of books in our Library to support a more diverse curriculum, improving the representation of research from the Global South, and, increasing the range of books by and about LGBT+ people. We also welcome suggestions to include in the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Resource bank which the library has started to develop to support the University’s EDI work.

Please complete the form with any suggestions you have. All suggestions will be reviewed by our Subject Librarian team. Books may be purchased in eBook or print format.

Thank you!

University of Bradford Library Team

New library calm space

We have a new space in the library where you can turn off your phone, relax and recharge.

The area provides:

  • A quiet space for you to switch off and take a relaxing break from your studies.
  • A reading for pleasure book exchange.
  • Wellbeing books chosen by staff and students.

There are noise cancelling headphones available to borrow from the library counter for you to listen to white noise/calming apps in this space.

You may also be interested in our wellbeing reading list.


SensusAccess is a service that allows you to automatically convert files such as Word documents, PowerPoints and even images or scans of documents into a range of accessible formats such as MP3s and audio books. You can submit files 24/7/365 and receive the conversion in the format of your choice, usually in under an hour. Although primarily a service for those who find reading the printed word challenging it can also be a powerful tool in rendering your teaching material accessible to a wider audience: for instance you could convert your PowerPoints into audio with very little effort.

Those using SensusAccess must comply with copyright law for published material, but with your own teaching material the copyright belongs to you and the institution so this is not a problem.

You can find and use SensusAccess here

For more information, SensusAccess' own e-learning material is here or a short introductory video is available.  

If you have any questions about SensusAccess please email


New library performance webpage and customer charter

You are now able to view our new library performance webpage and customer charter.

Please note that due to having to pare back some of our services during the Covid-19 pandemic, some data for our service standards table was either not possible to gather or not yet available.

We want your views on both our service standards and the customer charter. Please let us know your thoughts via our feedback form.