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 2018-2019
The Library is open 24/7, all year round
Over 1 million entrances to the Library building in the academic year 2018/19
Wireless access throughout the building
More than 500 PCs in the building
1,601 seats for study in the building
1,490 of the desks have power (100% of all study desks and 93% of all seats which includes all seats on Levels 1, 3, 4 and 5)
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 334,000 print books in the Library
More than 524,000 ebooks via our digital Library collections
More than 26,000 e-journals via our digital Library collection
246 print journal titles in our Library
Over 1 km of unique and distinctive material held in Archives & Research Collections
More than 100 subscribed electronic databases for research 
More than 100 free databases and resources curated by Subject Librarians
Over 5200 electronic theses available via our Research Portal
Thirteen printing, copying and scanning devices in the Library as part of the networked Managed Print Service.
Between July 2018 and July 2019 these machines had been used for more than 39,400 jobs.


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

ENGAGEMENT 2018-2019

  • Our NSS, PDES and PRES scores all increased. Our NSS score of 86% rose by 5.13% from 2018 and 10.09% from 2017.
  • We delivered a record 817.41 hours of teaching to support both teaching and research.
  • Our Instagram account was one of the fastest growing social media accounts on campus, reaching over 700 followers.
  • We worked closely with our Recruitment and Widening Participation colleagues, assisting and training over 600 school students.
  • We collaborated on three major campaigns and projects supporting inclusivity and well-being. These provided new reading lists, resources and displays on LGBT+ (with our student LGBT+ group), Black History Month (with the SU and Equality, Diversity & Inclusion) and Wellbeing (with Student Services).


  • We redeveloped our suite of webpages with 18 device agnostic LibGuides for each Academic Department and 12 additional LibGuides covering Library Research Services support, Document Delivery services, Referencing and Chemistry Software. We have since developed Induction and Literature & Data Searching guides and added a 7 further database guides.
  • In line with our Digital First approach we continued to negotiate deals to increase the number and range of electronic resources available. We added more than 82,000 e-books as well as extending our journal and database subscriptions. Our journal article downloads increased by 5.2% and our e-book section downloads by 26.6%.
  • We integrated ‘Library Lists’ reading lists and resources into Moodle and new Wiley Distance Learning courses.
  • We purchased new scanning equipment and adopted Sharepoint to enhance our scanning service, with scans to A2 and higher quality digital copies of our materials to enrich Moodle units and fulfil requests via our Bath Copies service. We received an excellent Audit result from the Copyright Licensing Agency.

SPACES 2018-2019

  • We opened a brand new 115 seat quiet study space on Level 1 in September 2018.
  • We added and upgraded power and USB sockets for Library study desks, bringing the total number of desks with power to 1,490 which = 100% of all study desks.
  • We realigned seating and introducing 14 high quality study hubs to Level 5.
  • We upgraded the Level 1 Training and Work rooms to better support Information Skills teaching and group work.


  • Our Research Services team received over 2100 enquiries and Research Services staff trained over 400 researchers through the Doctoral Skills Programme, the Bath Course, Professional Development workshops and custom workshops for Departments.
  • Researchers continued to use the Research Data Archive to publish datasets, with 78 new DOIs activated for published datasets.
  • In the Leiden Rankings 2019 Bath was ranked 15th in the world for % of Papers made Open Access.
  • Our Open Access team validated 7409 research outputs in 2019, making these available via our Research Portal. We checked metadata for almost 2,000 proposed REF outputs for compliance with Research England’s open access requirements.
  • We collaborated with DD&T and RIS to complete the discovery layer of our E-theses project, ensuring that all 5,000+ Bath-awarded doctoral theses are freely discoverable via the Research Portal and the British Library’s Ethos service.
  • Our Archive and Research Collections team facilitated 638 requests for archival materials, helping researchers and visitors from Bath and beyond.
  • The Research Analytics Service produced over 60 analytics reports for the University, Departments and individuals, including assisting researchers to use bibliometrics in 20 grant applications, and 37 promotion/recruitment cases

All figures correct as of publication date, May 2020.