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Visiting our libraries

Who can visit Birmingham City University libraries?

Members of the public and students and staff from other institutions are welcome to use Birmingham City University 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.

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SCONUL Access

If you're a student or member of staff at another Higher Education institution, you may be able to join us through the SCONUL Access scheme. You can apply for authorisation on the SCONUL Access websiteIf successful you’ll need to complete our BCU application form, after this you will receive a BCU application acceptance email which will advise you of the steps necessary to complete registration.

Please note: BCU applications will be processed within 5 working days. After your application has been approved, you will receive an email from the library inviting you to visit the library within 2 weeks during staffed hours to complete your registration. On this first visit you will need to bring your home institution library card, your SCONUL acceptance letter, as well as a form of identification with your current address on, dated within 3 months. You will be issued with your library card on this visit.

Please be aware that once you have completed your registration you will have to bring your BCU library card and proof of ID with you every time you visit the library in-order to enter the building.

Further information about the application process

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External Library Users scheme - alumni

Members of the public who have graduated a degree course at Birmingham City University can choose to register with us for one year's borrowing membership. This will provide you with access to any of our libraries.

  • There is a £35 charge payable on application (this is non-refundable).
  • You'll need to provide proof of alumni status and name and current UK address (dated within three months of application).
  • You'll need to bring your library card and proof of ID with you every time you want to access the library.
  • A replacement charge of £10 is made for lost cards.

This scheme allows you to borrow up to four items at any one time. Please note that there is no PC or electronic resources access for external library users. To join, please complete the application form below.  

Alumni Application Form

Please note:  Applications will be processed within 5 working days. After your application has been approved, you will receive an email from the library inviting you to visit the library within 2 weeks during staffed hours to complete your registration. On this first visit you will need to bring proof that you are a BCU graduate, as well as two forms of identification with your current address on, dated within 3 months. You will be issued with your library card and PIN on this visit and will be able to borrow items immediately.  

Please be aware that once you have completed your registration you will have to bring your library card and proof of ID with you every time you visit the library in-order to enter the building.

Further information about the application process

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External Library Users scheme - reference only

Members of the public can apply for a card to use any Birmingham City University library for reference for a total of five visits in a 12-month period for no charge.

Please note there is no PC or electronic resources access for external library users.

To join, complete the application form below:

Reference Application Form 

Please note:  Applications will be processed within 5 working days.  After your application has been approved, you will receive an email from the library inviting you to visit the library within 2 weeks during staffed hours to complete your registration.  On this first visit you will need to bring:

  •  A passport sized photograph
  • Two forms of identification with your current address on, dated within 3 months

Please be aware that once you have completed your registration you will have to bring your library card and proof of ID with you every time you visit the library in-order to enter the building.

Further information about the application process

Membership is at the discretion of the Director of Library and Learning Resources

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Prospective research students

If you're a research degree student who has not yet formally registered with the University you can apply to join the library in advance of your formal enrolment.

  • The application must be supported by the research supervisor and the Head of Department.
  • A refundable deposit of £30 is charged. This will be refunded when you're able to enrol as a full student of the University and/or when all library material is returned.
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Royal College of Organists Membership

From 1st October 2017 Members of the Royal College or Organists are invited to join Birmingham City University libraries at no charge.

Over the summer 2017 BCU and the RCO library established the RCO Curzon Loan Collection.  With over 3000 items from the RCO library housed at the Curzon library in the heart of Birmingham, the collection enables members to browse and borrow library items at their discretion for the first time. The contents of the library and the collection can be found on the RCO catalogue.

Further information about the application process

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Free Exempt Membership

Some Individuals associated with the institution (retired members of BCU staff, External Examiners, BCA life members and some groups of NHS users) can apply for fee-exempt membership.  Fee-exempt membership is entirely at the discretion of Library & Learning Resources.

Further information about the application process

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