In line with the key principles our Library Mission statement and in support of the University of Bath’s wider objectives, we are constantly working to develop and enhance our services, facilities, resources and engagement with our patrons. The following facts and figures aim to quantify and showcase recent highlights from our work.

Library Facts
The Library is open 24/7, all year round
Wireless access throughout the building
More than 500 PCs in the building
1,600 seats for study in the building
Over 1 million entrances to the Library building in the academic year 2018/19.
Study spaces added in 2018/19: - 115 (Level 1 quiet study area) plus 14 (Level 5) extra seats
More than 260 desks have had power added to them since 2017
Staff and students can borrow up to 30 books at any one time
External members can borrow up to five books at any one time
More than 360,000 print books in the Library
More than 516,000 e-books via our digital Library collection
More than 26,000 e-journals via our digital Library collection
280 current print journal titles in our Library
More than 100 subscribed electronic databases for research 
More than 100 free databases and resources curated by Subject Librarians


In 2016, to make borrowing Library materials easier and to avoid unnecessary fines on late returns we introduced the following changes:

  • We abolished fines on any overdue, unreserved standard loan Library books/items

  • We established a system to automatically renew everyone’s unreserved standard loan items once every week


  • Our Subject Librarians delivered 694 hours of teaching, an average of 74 hours each, during the 2017-18 Academic Year
  • We enhanced our online enquiry services in 2018, migrating to the TopDesk customer response management system.

In 2018 Library staff continued to work closely with Widening Participation and Recruitment Departments to support initiatives in both areas. We assist and train around 400 school students per year in this way, hosting several school visits every year and facilitating cohorts on the ‘On track’ to Bath programme.


  • In line with our Digital First approach we added more than 12,000 e-books and extended our journal and database subscription, during the 2018/19 Academic year.
  • Over 2017/18 we implemented our new Library Lists reading list management system


  • Working with our collections in 2016/17 we removed 2.5 linear km of material, recycled 52 tonnes of print and sent 1.5 tonnes for re-use. This released 250m2 on Level 1 and additional space on the upper subject floors. On 12 Sept 2018 we opened a brand new 115 seat quiet study space on Level 1.

  • New smart LED lighting was added to the building throughout 2018 by the Department of Estates. This delivered 70% lower running costs (saving £35,000 and 100 tonnes of CO2 per annum).


  • In 2017/18 the Research Data Service saw a 59% increase in the new researcher contacts which averaged 30 per month.
  • Researchers continued to use the Research Data Archive to publish datasets, with 117 new dataset records started and 86 new DOIs activated for published datasets
  • The Research Analytics Service assisted 26 researchers to use bibliometrics in their grant applications, including for prestigious fellowships (e.g. Royal Society, ERC, NIH).
  • Research Services staff trained over 100 researchers in publishing strategy and evidencing their publishing strengths through the Doctoral Skills Programme, the Bath Course, Professional Development workshops and custom workshops for Departments.

  • Research Services staff also provided bibliometric analysis for 34 promotion/recruitment cases

  • There were 128 study visits to the Archives & Research Collections Reading Room Researchers visited from the universities of Liverpool, York, Strathclyde, Leiden (The Netherlands) and Texas State (USA) to learn about Shakespeare and fascism, sexual harassment on UK university campuses, world banking governance, post-colonial politics, and the ecology of plant communities.

  • A catalogue of the Modern Pentathlon Collection, comprising over 2,800 items, was published online.

  • 2017/18 also saw the adoption of all-digital departmental student files. The Records Centre now contains over 100,000 managed files from across the University.

All figures correct as of publication date, June 2019.