Library access

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 six types of access to our libraries:

  • SCONUL Access
  • External Library Users alumni
  • External Library User reference only
  • Prospective research students
  • Royal College of Organists Membership
  • Fee Exempt Membership

You must fill out an application form before visiting 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 and Mary Seacole Libraries. 

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.

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Getting started

Getting started

Here are a few tips to get you started and make sure you make the most of our libraries and services.
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Visiting our libraries

Visiting our libraries

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

Accessibility / facilities

We aim to offer an equitable and appropriate level of service to users with any type of disability.
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Mohammed Hamzah, Business and HRM 2nd Year

Mohammed Hamzah Business and HRM
"I use it for work, finding books and socialising. I find it useful to hire out the laptops. The quiet zones and printers on every floor helps. I really like the confined zones. You have to come early to get it. It is good as you are able to gather as a group and not get distracted."
Mohammed Hamzah