Accessing our libraries
On registering, you will be given a library card which you will need to have with you whenever you visit the Library. A card-operated access control system is in operation in the Main Library and most of the other sites and resource centres.
Visitors can access many of the electronic resources from our libraries.
We have a range of free and open access databases, e-journals and e-books that are available from FindIt@Bham using a guest login. Please note: access to our entire range of visitor resources is limited when searching from an off campus computer.
In addition to our free and open access resources, you can access a range of online journals and databases that we subscribe to using our dedicated computers in the following libraries; Main Library, Barnes Library, Orchard Learning Resource Centre and Shakespeare Institute Library.
Please apply at the Reception and Information Desk on the day of your visit for a username and password if you wish to use this facility.
Please note: We are unable to provide internet access or printing facilities from our dedicated computers.
External members of the Library can borrow up to 6 books at a time.
How long can I borrow a book/journal for?
Renewing books and journals
Returning books and journals
Books and journals should be returned on or before the due date stamped on the date label inside the book or printed on your self-service receipt. Books may be returned via return boxes, on self service machines or at staffed service points. Except for short loan items, books may be returned at any site.
Recalling and reserving books
Unfortunately, external members are unable to recall books from other members or make reservations online.
For more advice regarding reserving a book, please contact the library.
You will be charged for items that are not returned when recalled or have been returned late . An outstanding fine may prevent your from borrowing, renewing or placing reservations.
- Long loans - 30p per day
- Week loans - 50p per day
- Recalled items - 50p per day
- Short loans - 50p per hour, or part hour
Replacement library cards
Should you lose your library card you must notify the Library so that we can prevent its misuse.
A replacement fee of £10.00 is charged.