Q. How does the new seat booking system work?

What do I do when I have reached my booking allowance?

Are there any spaces I don't need to book?


To study in most of our Libraries or study centres you will need to book ahead.
We have changed the library seat booking system to improve the availability of slots across the day. There are now fixed booking slots where each booking has a fixed start and finish time. This change is to avoid the number of 15-30 minute gaps that were generated by flexible start and finish times. 
Seat Booking System - how it works
  • You can access the study form here - http://bristol.ac.uk/library/one-stop-shop/study-seat-booking/
  • If you do not see all the seat types on the booking form, scroll to the top of the page and use the middle drop-down list to specify the seat type
  • There are fixed booking slots rather than the option of choosing your own start and end time
  • If you arrive late for your slot or finish early, the whole slot is still taken from your weekly allowance
  • Most slots are 2 hours long but there will be some will be slightly shorter or longer to factor in opening/closing times
  • To ensure fair access there is a limit to how many slots each student may book. The booking allowance is regularly reviewed and subject to change, please see the webpage for the current limit.
  • Seat bookings can be cancelled any time before your booking starts, and the unused booking allowance will be credited back to your account
  • Seats can be booked up to two weeks in advance (the week runs Sunday to Saturday)

Non-bookable study space

  • If you have used up your whole booking allowance then you may use these spaces.
  • Currently the non-bookable spaces are: Hawthorns Study Centre, Hawthorns Study Lounge and Richmond Building. This is subject to change, see the individual study space pages for further info: http://bristol.ac.uk/students/your-studies/libraries-study-spaces/study-spaces/
  • Last Updated Apr 30, 2021
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  • Answered By Kerrianne Orriss

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