Birkbeck University of London Library

Birkbeck University of London Library


The Library holds:

Birkbeck eLibrary provides access to:

Books are arranged on the shelves by subject and given a shelfmark, which can be found by using the Library catalogue, e.g. books about management are shelved at 658.

Videos and DVDs are shelved in the audio-visual section on level 1 and CDs are usually kept at the ground floor Issue Desk.

Our Library & Information Skills Moodle module has a tutorial that shows you how to use the catalogue.

Print journals are located on level 4 of the Library and arranged alphabetically by title. Our Library & Information Skills Moodle module has a tutorial that shows you how to tell the difference between a book and a journal article reference on a reading list and how to use the catalogue to find print journals. See also our ejournals pages for information on how to find and access online journals.

Birkbeck PhD and MPhil theses are kept in a closed-access store.  To request one of these theses fill in and submit the online form.  Requests placed on Sunday to Thursday will be available after 13:00 the next day. Requests placed on Friday, Saturday or Sunday will be available after 13:00 on Monday.


New Students

Joining the Library

You can order a student ID card once you are fully enrolled. This will give you automatic Library access and borrowing. For more information about your ID card see the Student Services website.

Get to know the Library

There are lots of ways to get to know the Library and its resources.
Birkbeck students studying at Stratford
– click on the Birkbeck Stratford tab above

Tours of the Library

We run guided tours of the Library at certain times during the year and also whenever we hold one of our Open Evenings. Times and dates will be publicised on our website and via social media

You can also watch our Library videos, taking you round the Library and introducing you to our services, including finding an item, printing & copying and using Self Service

Library Saturday workshops

Like our Library Tours, Saturday workshops are also held at specific times during the year, particularly at the start of the autumn term. These are primarily aimed at newcomers, although all levels of student are very welcome to attend. They deal with a number of the Library tools that you will find most useful during your studies at Birkbeck. They will be publicised on our website and via social media, plus our News Items section will alert you to all upcoming events and new resources.

Library & Information Skills Moodle Module

Information about the Library’s resources and services and tutorials on using them effectively are available via our Moodle module

Click here to see the opening hours

Click here to search the library catalogue