University of Birmingham Main Library

University of Birmingham Main Library

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Our collection

Material in the Main Library covers a wide range of subjects, with 400,000 items of high-use material arranged over the first, second and third floors. Use FindIt@Bham, our library catalogue, to find the item’s shelfmark and location. You can also use ResourceLists@Bham, and search by your course or module.

To find out where to go to browse by subject, try our interactive map.

Our heritage research collections are in the Research Reserve, comprising of over 50km of stock. These can be requested via FindIt@Bham, and will be retrieved for you to consult.

Library Information Centre

This is on the ground floor, where you will need to go to collect reservations, inter-library loans, and material retrieved from the Research Reserve.

Borrowing and returning

Self-issue machines are on the ground, first, second and third floors of the building. Return your items via the machine on the ground floor, just before the entrance gates.


Group study rooms

The Main Library has fourteen group study rooms, seating between five to eight students. They are not for use as individual study areas, and are not for meetings between students and tutors, mentors, etc. Each has an LCD screen, which you can attach a device to using the cables provided.

They can be booked in advance online, or you can book it at the door using your University ID card. They’re available during our service hours.

See our map to find the locations of the rooms.


  • For five people: first floor (rooms 4 and 5)
  • For six people: second floor (rooms 9 and 10), third floor (rooms 12 and 13).
  • For eight people: first floor (rooms 1, 2, 3), second floor (rooms 6, 7, 8), third floor (rooms 11, 14).