Using our libraries

Mask/face-covering policy

Following the latest updates in the Government’s Higher Education Guidance, and the University’s own guidance, Library Services expects that all students and staff (unless exempt), will wear face coverings in all study spaces and all libraries. If you have forgotten your mask please ask staff who will be able to provide a spare, disposable mask on entry.

Following this guidance will help ensure that users and staff remain safe, so that we are able to keep our libraries open. Thank you for your support.

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. See opening hours across our sites.

Electronic resources

Visitors cannot access electronic resources from our libraries.

Off campus

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. 


Full information on borrowing can be found on our intranet.

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.

Re-use of PSI

The University of Birmingham Library is now subject to the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015. Please see our information on the regulations as these relate to the Library and how to make a Re-use application.