Library and Learning Resources

There are four libraries across our six campuses:

  • Mary Seacole Library (City South)
  • School of Art, Margaret Street
  • School of Jewellery
  • Curzon Library (City Centre).

These resources, together with our Centre for Academic Success, support and develop the subjects and interests of the staff and students.

Library and Learning Resources
(University log-in needed)

To get you started on using the library services, here's our top five tips:

1. What do I need to use the libraries?

Your student ID card is also your library card. You will need it to borrow items from any of our libraries, and also to gain access through the controlled gates at Curzon Library. Your library Borrower Number can be found on the card, above the barcode - you will need this and your PIN when using self-service.

2. What is my PIN and where do I get it from?

Your library PIN (Personal Identity Number) serves the same function as a bank PIN and you should keep it safe in the same way. It allows you, in conjunction with your Borrower Number, to use all our self-service options. Your PIN will be sent to your University email address after you have enrolled on your course - you can change it via 'My Library Record' on the library catalogue. If you don't receive it please ask at the Help Desk.

3. How many books can I borrow and for how long?

Undergraduates, postgraduates, staff and research students can borrow up to 20 items.

Most loans are for four weeks, although some items are loaned for shorter periods, varying between four hours and two weeks. Refer to the date label if you're unsure.

4. How will I know when my books are due for return or renewal?

Return dates are stamped on the date label or detailed on your self-service receipt. To help you manage your loans, library reminders are sent to your University email address. Please check it regularly. You can also view details of your loans via ‘My Library Record' on the library catalogue. We let you know in advance when your books are due to minimise the risk of you incurring fines. You can also renew your books over the phone or online.

5. 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 will see that the library is about more than 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 Kenrick and Mary Seacole Libraries. The Curzon Library even has a separate room for listening to and watching its multimedia collection.

The Library of Birmingham

Library of Birmingham

New students can join the city's new library online at

The Library hosts collections of archives, photography and rare books and new facilities including state-of-the-art gallery space open to public access for the first time. It is also home to a BFI Mediatheque, providing free access to the National Film Archive.