Shaping the Future Library

Information about our project investigating what the future UWE Bristol Library looks like.

“We aspire to be a Library that is renowned for delivering outstanding resources and services that enable UWE Bristol students and staff to succeed in achieving their learning, teaching, research and professional goals through providing fantastic online resources, academic skills development and effective, inspiring spaces to learn and work.” - Jason Briddon, Director of UWE Bristol Library Services

The project

As a Library we are ambitious regarding the contribution we can make to learning, teaching and research at UWE Bristol and the impact we can have on the success of our students and staff

The Library only exists to enable our academic community in the delivery of outstanding learning; developing ready and able graduates and doing research with impact. We would like to work in partnership with staff and students in exploring the future possibilities of what the Library will therefore look like.

We want to investigate what the future library looks like in terms of how it delivers on the 3 key things we do:

  • Connecting you with the information resources you need to succeed.
  • Enabling you to develop the academic skills for your learning and future success.
  • Providing you with effective and inspiring workspaces.

The work streams

  • The Print Collection work stream will look at defining the future role and scope of the print collections in supporting teaching, learning and research.
  • The Learning Environments work stream will look at how we can provide effective and inspiring places for students and staff to work and learn.
  • The Open Access work stream will look at how we might exploit the opportunities arising from open access.
  • The Inclusive Academic Skills work stream will look at how we mainstream study skills and mentoring provision, currently funded through the Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA), into the University's general academic skills offer, led by Library Services.
  • The Technology work stream will look at the systems we need to deliver and manage information, and the technology and services required to meet the needs of current and future users.

We are currently beginning to plan engagement activities with staff and students to help us explore the possibilities for the Future UWE Bristol Library and develop some possible scenarios to share.

The initial phase of stakeholder engagement will be conducted throughout the rest of 2017 with a view to having some scenarios developed for spring 2018 which we will consult and discuss further on with you.

How to get involved

We facilitated a range of channels and methods for you to share your views on our work streams, including workshops and an online survey, during the autumn semester. We will share details for the next phase soon.


We held workshops at Frenchay, Glenside and Bower Ashton (City Campus) during the autumn semester. The themes were: future collections, inclusive academic skills, learning spaces, and technology.

White boards

We have set up white boards across our libraries, to display two questions per week. Users can leave their comments. Feedback is being collected on a daily basis.

Guerilla interviews

During the week starting Monday 13 November, library colleagues, armed with tablets, asked students and staff to fill in a short survey. They carried out these conversations in our libraries and in other locations (learning zones, cas, corridors and more).

Online surveys

We have run surveys to gather feedback on our work streams.

  • The Learning Environments workstream had a joint survey for students and staff.
  • The Print Collection work stream ran a survey about the future of our physical and digital collections, with a student version and a staff version, and these were distributed to our target courses.

General feedback

If you cannot attend one of our workshops, you can submit comments on our Future Library project general feedback form.

You can also get in touch with us by email:

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