Contact us: Special Collections, Cadbury Research Library

Contact us

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  • Tel: +44 (0) 121 414 5839

Finding us

The Cadbury Research Library welcomes staff and students of the University of Birmingham and all members of the public. The archive material and rare books in our care can only be consulted in our searchroom once you have registered with us (see below for details).

We are located on the Lower Ground floor of Muirhead Tower on the Edgbaston campus of the University of Birmingham. We are accessible through the foyer area of the building. Take the lift or stairs from the foyer down to the Lower Ground (LG) floor and then follow the signs to the Cadbury Research Library: Special Collections. There are digital totems around campus which you can search for extra directions if required.

There are several digital totems/display screens on campus which can help you navigate your way to us.

Postal address

Cadbury Research Library: Special Collections
Muirhead Tower (LG Floor)
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Opening hours

  • Monday  10am – 5pm
  • Tuesday  9am – 5pm
  • Wednesday  9am – 5pm
  • Thursday  9am – 7pm*
  • Friday  9am – 5pm

We are open over lunchtime but do not retrieve material from our stores between 1-2pm

* Please note: requests for material must be placed by 4.15pm, or 4.30pm on Thursdays. If you are visiting on our late Thursday opening and are arriving after 4.30pm you will need to pre-order the material you wish to consult.

Closed days

The Cadbury Research Library is closed on all University closed days.

Reader's ticket

To access the Cadbury Research Library you must register for a reader's ticket on your first visit. It is free to register but official identification showing your name, address and signature is needed. A valid University of Birmingham staff or student ID card can also be used as proof of identification.

Disabled access

There are lifts to the side and rear of Muirhead Tower which will take you up to the main foyer area of the building. From here you will need to use the internal Muirhead Tower lift to the Lower Ground floor (LG) to reach the Cadbury Research Library reception.  For more information about disabled access please telephone 0121 414 5839. 

Available facilities

The Cadbury Research Library has a variety of facilities available to researchers when they visit. To find out more please visit our facilities page


The University offers hotel accommodation at the Edgbaston Park Hotel a 5 minute walk from the Cadbury Research Library.


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