Researcher facilities

Imaging services

We offer a chargeable reprographics service for the creation of images. You must use this service to request the use of images for the purposes of publication, exhibition or any form of sharing. 

Use of digital cameras in the reading room

Readers may use their own hand-held cameras to take images for private study only, free of charge. If you wish to do this please talk to a member of staff when you visit. Use of flash, tripods and scanners is not permitted.  


Coats, outdoor wear, bags, pens, food, drink and chewing gum are not permitted in the reading room. Free storage lockers are provided for daytime use.

Reading room temperature

Please bring a jumper or cardigan with you as it can feel chilly in our temperature-controlled reading room. Outdoor coats may not be worn in the reading room for security and conservation reasons.

Microfilm/fiche readers and printing

Microfilm/fiche copies will be issued in place of the originals where documents have been microfilmed in heavily used collections (Church Missionary Society, and Save the Children). Researchers may make their own copies for a charge, or use their own hand held camera free of charge.

Laptops and Wifi

The study tables in the reading room are fitted with power points for the use of laptops. Wireless networking is available throughout the Cadbury Research Library. Non-University of Birmingham users should consult the details of the UOBGUEST service.

Reading room computers

Readers can access our catalogues and eResources in the reading room using the computers provided.


Refreshments are available at Starbucks café in the foyer of Muirhead Tower, one floor above the Cadbury Research Library. Food and drink can also be brought in a variety of locations across campus.  Food and drink may not be brought into the reading room. 


Toilets are available for Cadbury Research Library registered readers on the lower ground floor of Muirhead Tower. You will be issued with the access code when you sign in at reception.


The University offers hotel accommodation with parking, under 5 minutes walk from the Cadbury Research Library at the Edgbaston Park Hotel.