10 Library Resources at the University Of Birmingham Every Student Should Check Out

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The libraries at the University of Birmingham are an important academic and research resource in the United Kingdom. The technology, facilities, and resources available support the high-quality research and learning environment of the students, faculty, and staff. Here are some of the resources every student must check out.

1. Study Spaces – Main Library

There are over 1,800 seats in the Main Library

There are different kinds of seating in the library, such as traditional desks and soft-seating. Some of the desks have a board to section off each space to provide privacy. Every place has a plug socket. There is a designated suite for researchers as well.

2. Main Library Café

Feeling tired? Get your energy back at the Main Library café before heading back to work!

The café sells a range of hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, snacks, and cakes. Students can bring their own food to eat in the café, the Library Lounge, and the Wolfson Room, but not into other areas of the building.

3. Group Study Rooms

Rooms can be booked in advance online, or at the door using the University ID card.

The Main Library has thirteen group study rooms, seating between five to eight students. Each has an LCD screen, which students can attach a device for using the cables provided. They all have a whiteboard, except rooms 4, 5, 9 and 10.

4. [email protected]

A one-stop discovery of print and electronic resources.

[email protected] provides integrated access to a wealth of printed and electronic library collections using a single search box. This includes 1.8 million print books, 500,000 eBooks, 50,000 subscriptions and 4 million items in the Library’s archive.

5. PC Booking

Book a PC to use on campus.

In the New Main Library, there is a mix of bookable and walk up, first come, first served PCs. All PCs in the main clusters on the Ground and First Floors are bookable in advance. If a bookable PC does not have an advance booking, it is available for walk-up use.

6. Laptop Loans

The laptops are supported by IT Services and have the same software as cluster PCs.

Laptops are available to borrow by students and staff. They are self-service and can be borrowed from lockers located in the Library Information Centre on the ground floor of the Main Library. They can be loaned for four hours at a time, whenever the library is open.

7. Scan, Print, and Photocopy

Printing and photocopying are charged per sheet.

Printing in the Main Library uses a managed print system allowing you to collect your printing from any of our MFDs (multi-functional devices) and to print from your own laptop or mobile device.

8. WiFi

Connection, troubleshooting, and help.

Wifi is available in all the libraries at the University of Birmingham. It is run and maintained by the IT Services. Eduroam is recommended as the student’s primary or favored network. There are also other networks available for visitors.

9. One-to-One Appointment

Develop and improve your academic skills.

The library offers confidential individual appointments for undergraduates and postgraduate taught students (UG and MA/MSc) via the Academic Skills Centre. They can help with writing skills, study strategies, referencing, or searching for high-quality sources for your assignments.

10. Academic Skills

Workshops and guides to develop your skills.

The library offers confidential appointments, workshops and online resources for taught students. They offer a range of workshops to help students prepare for academic study, improve your note taking, reading, writing and presentation skills. Their workshops usually last around 1.5 hours.

Top 5 Libraries at the University Of Birmingham

1. Main Library

The library is open 24/7 in term time and most of the Christmas and Easter vacations.

The Main Library provides outstanding facilities for a new generation of students and researchers. It is a cultural hub for the University and the city, with an exhibition and event space and cafeteria open to all on the ground floor.

2. Barnes Library

The Barnes Library contains the main subject collections in the areas of medicine, health sciences, biosciences and sport.

The Barnes Library occupies four floors in the central block of the Medical School.  The library supports staff and students in the subject areas of medicine, biosciences, health sciences and sport.

3. Barber Fine Art Library

Barber Fine Art Library are for reference use only.

The Barber Institute and its interiors have grade II listed status and have undergone very few alterations except for the provision of up to date IT facilities. The library is a specialist research level collection of books, exhibition catalogs and sale catalogs on Western art covering most of the major European schools of painting from the early Renaissance to the twenty-first century, the history of collecting, and also some Byzantine art.

4. Shakespeare Institute Library

The Shakespeare Institute Library is a major UK resource for the study of English Renaissance literature.

The Library serves the teaching and research of the Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon, and provides a resource for undergraduate and research students from the Birmingham campus. It has an international reputation and is used by Shakespeare academics and scholars from around the world as well as readers with a general interest in the subject.

5. Orchard Learning Resource Centre

The Orchard Learning Resource Centre is situated on Selly Oak Campus.

OLRC holds over 100,000 items, encompassing religious studies, social sciences, and humanities. The loanable material is on the first floor, in the Religion and Society Hall and the Humanities Hall. Some reference material is housed in closed access stacks and is available for library use only.

 

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