The University Library has a substantial collection of books in the fields of English language and literature, as well as in related fields such as American and Canadian literature, drama and theatre studies, Shakespeare studies and linguistics.

Our collections

Main Library 

The main literature collection, covering literature in general and English literature from Anglo-Saxon times to the present, is housed in the Main Library. This is supplemented by a growing Drama and modern literature collection at the Orchard Learning Resource Centre in Selly Oak.

Our collection of books on English language and linguistics, including English language teaching, is also located in the Main Library.

The Library currently subscribes to some 250 periodicals in the field of English language and literature.

The Shakespeare Institute

The Shakespeare Institute in Stratford on Avon contains our world-renowned research and reference collection for the study of Shakespeare and the Elizabethan theatre.

Special Collections

Cadbury Research Library: Special Collections hold an important collection of rare printed books illustrating the history of book production, including some incunabula as well as examples of the output of some early publishers such as Baskerville, Bodoni, Kelmscott and Foulis Presses. Among the manuscripts and archives are the papers of a number of more recent authors such as Francis Brett Young, Maria Edgeworth, David Lodge, Jean Overton Fuller, Martin Booth, Henry Reed, John Sommerfield, Harriet Martineau, and the Sceptre Press Archive.

Subject Advisor

For further information on collection holdings or for advice on how to access our English collections, please contact: