Library Services division

Library Services supports the information resources and services needs of staff and students undertaking high quality research, learning and teaching at the University.

University Library

Library Services operates one of the largest academic libraries in the country and boasts an outstanding research collection, incorporating an astonishing 2.7 million items, over 50,000 scholarly journals (electronic and print), and access to 275,00 e-books. The collections are located primarily in the Main Library, with subject specific site libraries for medicine, law, fine art, music, education, dentistry and other subjects. 

Library Services provides study places, computer clusters, and a dedicated research room for PG researchers and academic staff. The Digital Assets Team support the University’s online research archive (UBIRA) and manage the electronic submission of theses.

Getting advice

A dedicated team of Subject Advisors are available for all subjects, and provide information research skills training for groups of students, alongside one-to-one information clinics. Subject and database guides are available to help students to gain an overview of resources in their area and to identify useful information sources.

Alternatively, you can contact us directly via our Just Ask online chat service

Finding resources

For access to library collections and more, visit FindIt@Bham

Student skills enhancement

The Academic Skills Centre helps all students to fulfil their full academic potential by designing and providing a range of academic skills support initiatives, through face to face or eLearning. Activities include Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS), and the Postgraduate Teaching Assistants supporting Undergraduate Study Skills programmes.

A recent innovation is Skills4Campus, a new interactive study skills resource available at the Academic Skills Centre.

Records Management

The University deals in many types of record both in physical format eg on paper and on electronic media, and in content from minutes of meetings, through student and financial records, to the results of research and clinical trials. There is a general need to reduce the amount of records that are kept beyond their useful life span, whilst maintaining the integrity of the University’s administration.