Our Main Library covers broad areas of historical research including ‘The medieval and modern’, ‘War and religion’, ‘Politics and economies’, ‘The local and the global’, and ‘Culture and society’.

Our collection

Particular strengths in the collection are linked to the research interests within the Schools such as

  • Centre for War Studies
  • Birmingham Centre for Modern and Contemporary History
  • Centre for the Study of the Middle Ages
  • Centre for Reformation and Early Modern Studies
  • Religious History 
  • West Midlands history

Main Library

The Main Library holds a wide range of primary and secondary material in a range of formats including print and microfilm.

Specialist areas include

  • The medieval and modern
  • War and religion
  • Politics and economies
  • The local and the global
  • Culture and society

This collection also contains a large amount of materials that relate to archaeology, classics and ancient history with extensive materials on the Roman Empire, Byzantine and Ottoman history.

Orchard Learning Resource Centre

The Orchard Learning Resource Centre collection provides resource materials relating to religious history and industrial history.

Special Collections

Cadbury Research Library: Special Collections holds over four million archive manuscripts dating from seventh century to the present day, and 200,000 rare and printed books. Search our catalogues or visit us to find out what material would be relevant to your study area.

Other resources

African Studies is a specialist department and collects a wide range of material to do with all aspects of African Studies and Anthropology, specialisms include West Africa particularly.  Please contact the school or department directly for more information about accessing this material.