Our new Main Library, opened in September 2016, houses our principal collections and services for the arts and humanities, social sciences, and sciences and engineering, while other libraries and resource centres are specific to individual subject areas including law, medicine, dentistry, education, music, and European studies and modern languages. In addition, the Orchard Learning Resources Centre on Selly Oak Campus offers general library and study services beyond the main campus.
We have teams of library staff who are specialists in specific subject materials who are available to help our researchers find materials both in physical and digital forms. One-to-one information clinics for doctoral researchers to support individual learning needs are available to book throughout the academic year.
The Main Library also has a dedicated research space, the Researchers’ Suite, on the first floor of the Main Library, which includes both a quiet reading room and a breakout space for improved researcher networking and collaboration.
In addition to access to over 2.7 million books and periodicals, three million manuscripts and archives, and more than 16,000 electronic resources; the Main Library includes a Research Reserve on the lower ground floor featuring 1.5 million items, which brings together our important heritage print collection. This area responds to a desire to bring more of the University’s collections into a single space, and make it more accessible to Library users. Knowledgeable staff is available to facilitate access to this research material and can be found in a small consultation area within the space for those who need access to the collections in situ.