The University provides general and specialist research level collections of books, journals, microfilm and online resources to support teaching and research in the School of Government and Society and the School of Social Policy.
The Main Library is the main location for books, journals and microforms in political science, international studies, sociology, local government studies, social policy, social work, social policy, international development, Russian and East European studies and health services management.
Orchard Learning Resource Centre
The Orchard Learning Resource Centre is the location of the Baykov Collection of social sciences material relating to the Soviet Union/Russia and Eastern Europe. It is a research focused collection with the majority of the items in Slavonic languages and includes specialised monographs, journals, newspapers and microfilm. A number of local and national Communist Party and State archives and statistics are available on microfilm and there is a unique collection of Soviet era school textbooks. Posters and maps from the same era are housed in the Cadbury Research Library on the Edgbaston Campus
Health Services Management Centre Library
In addition to material held in the Main Library, the Health Services Management Centre has its own library with a specialist collection.
Cadbury Research Library: Special Collections holds a significant number of important political archive collections available for research. These include the personal and political papers of Anthony Eden, Neville Chamberlain, Joseph Chamberlain, Austen Chamberlain, Oswald Mosley (OMD and OMN), Masterman, White Russian printed literature, and a number of local authority associations including records of the Association of Municipal Corporations.
For further information on collection holdings or for advice on how to access our Politics and Social Studies collections, please contact: