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.
Our library subject advisors are available to help you in your research, whether for essays, dissertations, or project work. They will meet you one-on-one to give you the advice, training and support you need.
As well as a full range of library services including photocopying, scanning and study space, you can borrow laptops from the library for study and book meeting rooms for group work. Each meeting room comes with facilities for presentation practice, plugs for charging devices and sound proof walls to allow discussion without disturbing other students.
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.