Birmingham City University Library

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Birmingham City University Library

Library resources

Our huge range of books and other resources may appear daunting, so we’ve developed a variety of online tools and services to help you find what you need quickly and easily.

Online renewals

You’ll need your Borrower number – the 10-digit number above the barcode on your University ID card including your two-digit issue number.

Library Catalogue

Search our online Library Catalogue to view our huge range of books, ebooks, journals, and other electronic and non-print materials available to you.

Library Catalogue

Using our libraries

Who can visit Birmingham City University libraries?

Members of the public and students and staff from other institutions are welcome to use our libraries.

There are four types of access to our libraries:

  • SCONUL Access
  • External Library Users alumni
  • External Library User reference only
  • Prospective research students.

You must register at the Help Desk at any of our libraries during staffed hours. More on types of access

What should I do if I need help?

There are lots of ways to find out more about our services:

More than just books…

If you take a look at our website (University log-in required) you’ll see that the library is about more than just books. We subscribe to a large number of online services – electronic journals, e-books and databases – which you can use during your time here.

We have a range of different types of study spaces for you. If you need to work together, we have group rooms and designated areas; if you prefer to work alone there are individual study rooms at Curzon, Kenrick and Mary Seacole Libraries. The Conservatoire Library even has a separate room for listening to and watching its multimedia collection.

In addition to the print and online resources and the study spaces we have a team of dedicated librarians who deliver sessions to support students with searching for the most relevant literature for their coursework.