University of Birmingham Library

University of Birmingham Library

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Our libraries are an important academic and research resource in the UK. With over 1.8 million print and 500,000 online books, and more than 85,000 print and online journals, the Library welcomes 1458,000 visitors every year. Our staff provide front line and specialist support, information literacy and academic skills teaching, so that students and staff find and use information effectively.

Our services

A range of services is available at library service points, including book loans, and help and advice in relation to our printed and electronic collections. We cater for people who come to the library in person and also provide a one-stop-shop service for online and telephone enquiries.

Our collections

Our printed collections are housed in the Main Library and five site libraries. An ever-growing electronic collection of resources – books, periodicals, databases – is available online. By continually investing in technology, facilities, resources and people, we aim to support the high quality research and learning environment that the University aspires to.

Opening hours


Library Rules and regulations

  • Treat users and staff with respect and courtesy.
  • Keep noise levels to a minimum. Observe notices about Quiet Zones and use mobile phones only in designated areas. Do not use phones on corridors or staircases.
  • Do not eat or drink (apart from bottled water) except in designated areas. Food includes biscuits, crisps and packaged snacks. Drinks include tea, coffee, fruit juice, and fizzy drinks. Please use designated cafe areas where provided for eating and drinking.
  • Carry your University ID card, library card or visitor pass at all times. Be prepared to show this if requested to do so. Never allow anyone else to use your ID card.
  • Treat all library materials and equipment with respect.
  • Do not display posters or adverts without permission from library staff.
  • Do not smoke in the library or outside the library building within 10m of doors and windows (This is a University Regulation).

Official regulations

These rules are based on The University of Birmingham’s official Library Regulations in conjunction with all other University Regulations, which all members of the University agree to abide by when attending the University.

Anyone in breach of these regulations may be asked to leave the library premises and may be subject to disciplinary action.