Barnes Library


Barnes Library
Medical School
Vincent Drive
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT 

Tel: 0121 414 3567

See our opening hours.

About the library

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. 


Study spaces

Individual study spaces can be found on the lower ground, first and second floors of the library. The second and lower ground floors are designated as silent study areas.

There are 2 group study rooms catering for between 4 - 12 people. They are available whenever the library is open and can be booked at the Information Desk.

On the ground floor the entrance to the library is next to the College's newly opened Doug Ellis Learning Hub, which provides a small pc cluster and spaces for individual and group study.


Networked PCs for individual study are available on the first floor. You will need your Active Directory username and password to log in.

Wireless network 

There is wireless access on the ground and first floor of the library.

Photocopying and printing 

Black and white and colour photocopying and printing are available, and operate via the charged printing system. There is an autoloader on the first floor where you can credit your printing account.

Anatomy Resource Room   

This room contains a full set of anatomy models, and is available for medical students to book as individuals or in groups. Please ask at the Information Desk for details. 


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

  • Ground floor - Library service desk and High Demand Collection (short and week loan books). 
  • First floor - Long loan books. 
  • Second floor - Periodicals 1967 - 1994. 
  • Lower ground floorPeriodicals prior to 1967, and from 1995 to date.

Disability support

All libraries and resource centres offer the following services:

  • Book fetching 
  • Extended loans 
  • Help with catalogue 
  • Stock transfer 
  • Text Relay 

N.B. These services are available in the Barnes Library 09:00 - 17.00, Monday to Friday

Facilities and access

  • Quiet / Silent Study area

Specialist equipment

This site has the following equipment available: 

  • Bar Magnifier
  • Coloured overlays 
  • Hand-held portable video magnifier (CCTV) 
  • Hearing (induction) loop 
  • Literacy software (TextHELP Read & Write) 
  • Magnifying glass 
  • Magnifying sheet 
  • Mind-mapping / Idea-mapping software (Inspiration & MindManager) 
  • Screen Magnification Software (ZoomText) 
  • Screen-reader software (Jaws) 
  • Video Magnifier (CCTV)

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