Library starter guide

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The Library is at the heart of Birmingham City University on four campus locations: Curzon, Mary Seacole, the School of Art and the School of Jewellery.

You can also access the BCU Library search and chat a librarian anytime, anywhere via the library website.

In addition to giving you access to millions of resources, the library provides you with services such as study spaces, laptops, tutorials and and much more.

Library induction

The Learning, Teaching and Research Services team has prepared induction activities to walk you through all the essential resources and services that will help you get started with your course.

Make sure to attend the live Library Induction session at the beginning of your course.

In the event you could not attend, watch the interactive Library induction video linked below.

Library induction

Induction checklist

All you need to get started

The sooner you know about the Library the more you can take advantage of its services. The Library and Learning Resources team has prepared an induction checklist to give you a head start.

Download the library induction checklist

[00:00:02] Ruth Jenkins Hello, I am Ruth Jenkins, director of Library and Learning Resources. On behalf of everyone in the library team, a very warm welcome to BCU. The library's first class service is recognised under the customer service accreditation scheme. This means you can count on library staff to respond to your needs through a range of resources, spaces and help. My hope is that you will take full advantage of the library to succeed in your studies. My colleagues will now tell you more about the support and services the library offers you.

[00:00:40] Kip Darling We have a huge range of online and printed resources to help you succeed in your studies. In the rare event that we don't have what you are looking for, your inter-library loans team will work hard to source it from a range of national and international partners. To find help and other essential service information. Visit our website to get started:

[00:01:11] Graham Gamblin We work with your lecturers to find the right resources to support you in your studies. You have online reading lists for all of your modules which connect you straight through to those resources. And don't forget your subject guides, which provide an overview of all the materials and support you can expect from us for your course.

[00:01:30] Stephanie Fowler If you need help referencing your work, the library has published guides on all the major styles of referencing and used within BCU. It's also important to be aware of copyright laws when using library resources. We can help you make sense of these.

[00:01:47] Simon Cooper If you're looking for a quiet place to study and look no further than one of our four campus library locations, you can find booking details on our library website.

[00:01:58] James Dean Finding evidence to support your work is a key skill. Check your digital literacy using the discovery tool via the website. We will show you how to use the advanced search features of the website and how to search specific databases to find the evidence you need to reference. You can book a tutorial with us for expert support. We're also producing more video guides to our services so you can make the most of our resources at your own pace.

[00:02:28] Christian Jones We're always looking for ways to improve your service. Take a look at your library and learning resources website for all the ways that you can get in touch.

[00:02:37] Simon Cooper Your dedicated team are Here to help at all four of our campus locations. Take a look at our website for our staffed opening Hours.

[00:02:45] Christian Jones Help is also available 24/7 through your chat service. You can find this on the library website.