Requests from other libraries

Birmingham City University welcomes requests from other libraries.

Our holdings can be searched via our library search or via Jisc Discover Hub.

You can check our current service status via the ILL service status collaborative sheet.

We participate in the Conarls Inter-Regional Unit (IRU) Cost Scheme which means loans and copies to fellow members cost £6.00. Non-members are charged in line with the current British Library rates.

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Codes and Membership

  • We are members of the British Library Directory. Our location code is QM/C48. Our lending policy is G2.
  • We participate in Library Hub Discover. Our search code is BCU.
  • We are not members of OCLC however our WorldCat symbol is UKCEE.
  • We are members of RapidILL. Our code is UKCEE.

A selection of our journal holdings are available via reciprocal membership of the following schemes:

  • INC & LAWMUNION: We are members of MIDS. Our code is BCUS.
  • NULJ: Our code is BCUS.

Orchestral and Vocal Sets

We may be able to lend our music sets, depending on their condition and whether they are currently part of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire repertoire. You can check our holdings via Encore 21.

The cost per loan is usually 2-3 times the cost of a book loan at either the CONARLS or British Library rate.

International Requests

We do not lend books overseas. We charge 1 IFLA voucher for copies up to 15 pages supplied internationally. We also supply copies internationally via our RapidILL subscription.

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