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Current BCU students, staff and researchers

Enrolled students and staff with a permanent contract have automatic access to the library. Your ID card is also your library card.

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External library membership

We offer a range of library membership schemes to enable those who are not currently members of the university to use our services. If you need advice on the best membership for you please contact us and we will be happy to advise you.

Alumni

As a graduate, you can have free library membership for up to 24 months from the completion date of your course.

Membership details

  • Borrow up to four items at any one time
  • Study in the drop-in quiet zones in our libraries

You can also connect to the ‘BCU Open Wifi’ on your own device. Electronic resource access via the library is limited, however you can search for Open Access resources via the Library Search on the homepage.

After the 24 month period has ended, there will be an annual £35 non-refundable charge payable at the Library Help Desk (card payment only) when you collect your library card. Example: if you graduated in July 2020, you will be eligible for free membership until July 2022. After July 2022, the annual fee will apply.

Apply for Alumni Library Membership

Alumni membership will provide you with access to any of our libraries, subject to the following:

  • 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.

Applications will be processed within five working days from receipt of your application form.

Associate Staff

If you have been issued an Associate staff card by the university, you will need to separately apply for library membership.

Ask your line manager or head of faculty for a letter (an electronic version is fine) confirming your position and employment dates at the university. We will need to know the end date of your contract to enable access to the library system. This can be extended if your contract continues.

Come to the library Help Desk during staffed hours with this letter and your Associate ID card, and we will arrange membership for you. The process takes around ten minutes.

Fee Exempt (former staff etc.)

Some Individuals associated with the institution (including retired members of BCU staff, External Examiners, RBCA life members, and certain NHS employees who are affiliated with Birmingham City University) can apply for fee-exempt membership.

Fee-exempt membership is at the discretion of Library & Learning Resources. If you would like to discuss whether you would be entitled to fee-exempt membership, please email us or phone us on 0121 331 5282.

Apply for fee exempt membership

Fee exempt membership will provide you with access to any of our libraries, subject to the following:

  • 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.

SCONUL Access

The SCONUL Access scheme allows students and staff from participating universities to join our library. Services will vary depending on the band of membership which you are entitled to. More information about bands is available on the SCONUL website.

Membership details

  • Borrow up to four items at any one time (Bands A, B, C only)
  • Study in the drop-in quiet zones in our libraries (Bands A, B, C, R)

You can also connect to the ‘BCU Open Wifi’ on your own device. Electronic resource access via the library is limited, however you can search for Open Access resources via the Library Search on the homepage.

Before applying to Birmingham City University, you will need to become a member of the SCONUL Access scheme. Unfortunately we can't process any applications without this membership. Once you have received an email from SCONUL confirming your membership, please apply below. Please note that even if you have had previous SCONUL membership at Birmingham City University, you will need to reapply from 15 November 2021.

Apply for BCU SCONUL membership

SCONUL membership will provide you with access to any of our libraries, subject to the following:

  • You'll need to provide proof of your SCONUL membership (e.g. acceptance email) 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.

Applications will be processed within ten working days from receipt of your application form.

If you are a BCU student looking to visit other libraries, please apply via the SCONUL website.

Royal College of Organists

Members of the Royal College of Organists are invited to join Birmingham City University libraries at no charge.

To join, please complete the application form below.

Apply for RCO membership

RCO membership will provide you with access to any of our libraries, subject to the following:

  • 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.

 

Accessing the library online:

You can access our online resources and catalogue at any time by logging in with your University ID and password via the menu at the top of this page. To help you get acquainted with our online resources please view the guide pages below.

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Finding Resources

Click below to view our guides on accessing books, articles, databases and other useful resources via your online account.
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Subject Guides

These guides are created by our specialist librarians in order to provide you with a curated collection of resources related to your subject of study.
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Reading Lists

The library provides online access to your reading lists, which detail the core and wider reading required to succeed in your modules at BCU.

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