Orchard Learning Resource Centre

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Orchard Learning Resource Centre
University of Birmingham
Hamilton Drive
Weoley Park Rd
Selly Oak
Birmingham
B29 6QW 

Tel: 0121 415 8454
Fax: 0121 415 8476 

Email: olrc@bham.ac.uk

About the library

The Orchard Learning Resource Centre is situated on our Selly Oak Campus, approximately one mile from the main campus in Edgbaston along the Bristol Rd. 

Opening hours 

Saturday 29 March - Thursday 17 April 2014

Monday to Friday - 09:00 - 19:00

Saturday - 10:00 - 14:00

Sunday - closed

Friday 18 April - Wednesday 23 April 2014

closed

Thursday 24 April - Sunday 27 April 2014

Monday to Friday - 09:00 - 19:00

Saturday - 10:00 - 14:00

Sunday - closed

Monday 28 April - Sunday 4 May 2014

Monday to Friday - 08:30- 19:00

Saturday - 10:00 - 18:00

Sunday - closed

Monday 5 May 2014

09:00 - 17:00

Tuesday 6 May 2014 - Sunday 25 May 2014

Monday to Friday - 08:30 - 19:00

Saturday - 10:00 - 18:00

Sunday - closed

Monday 26 May 2014

closed

Tuesday 27 May - Friday 20 June 2014

Monday to Friday - 08:30 - 19:00

Saturday - 10:00 - 18:00

Sunday - closed

Facilities 

 

Study spaces

OLRC has over 140 study spaces spread across three halls and 7 individual study carrels. There is a group study room on the ground floor which can accommodate 8-12 people. 

Computers   

There are computer clusters in each of the three subject halls on the first floor of the main building. You will need your ADF username and password to use these computers. 

Green Room  

An innovative, multi-mode learning suite situated on the ground floor of the library. One side of the suite takes the form of a quiet reading and study area, with comfortable seating for more than 30 in various configurations. The other side is a technology-rich area containing 12 PCs, screened areas for group work, three plasma screens, and an interactive Smart board, at which students can work individually or in groups. 

Wireless network 

Wireless access is available throughout the library. 

Photocopying and printing 

There is a black and white printer/photocopier and a colour printer/scanner on the ground floor. Further black and white photocopier/printers are located in each hall on the first floor. All printers and copiers operate via the charged printing system. There is an autoloader in the foyer where you can add credit to your printing account.Find out about photocopying and printing.

Laminating and binding  

Self-service equipment is provided for binding and laminating. Please purchase binding covers, spines and laminates from the Service Point on the ground floor.

Stationery 

Items of stationery including notebooks, pens and memory sticks can be purchased from the Service Point on the ground floor.

Teaching Wing

The teaching wing offers modern purpose-built teaching accommodation including 2 seminar rooms located within the library, and 2 PC clusters (in room G.05 on the ground floor, and in room 103 on the first floor).  When facilities are not in use for teaching, University members have drop-in access to the PCs.  All rooms are centrally bookable for teaching.  Please check the Learning Spaces website for details.

Collections

OLRC holds over 200,000 items, encompassing religious studies, social sciences and humanities. Individual collections include:

Baykov Collection

A research collection of some 100,000 predominantly Russian-language monographs, periodicals, online resources and microfilm archives. More information about the history of the collection can be found here.

European Documentation Collection (EDC)

 A collection of some 10000 items published by the European Commission, covering all aspects of the European Union's policies and governance. This collection is in a closed access stack.

German Documentation Collection (GDC)

A collection of some 3000 predominantly German- language monographs and periodicals, covering post 1945 German politics, and foreign and economic policy. This collection is in a closed access stack.

Arabic Collection 

Covers major subjects such as: Qur'an, Tafsir, Sunnah, Hadith, Fiqh, Arabic language and literature, Islamic history, Sufism and comparative studies.

Oriental Collection

This collection in Chinese, Japanese and Korean, covers religion in Asia, including Christian theology and mission.

Please Note

Pressure on space dictates that some material is housed in closed access stacks. Material from the stacks has to be collected by library staff, and may not be immediately available. Visitors are advised to contact the library in advance to check on the availability of material.

The Mingana collection of Syriac and Arabic manuscripts, plus the Harold Turner collection of documents on the subject of African Initiated Churches, previously housed in the OLRC, are now located in the Cadbury Research Library

Posters and maps from the Baykov Collection are also now located in the Cadbury Research Library. OLRC is also home to part of the Eton Myers Collection.

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 Orchard Learning Resources Centre (OLRC) at all times when the Centre is open.


Facilities and access


  • Accessible toilets 
  • Parking for people with disabilities 
  • Quiet/Silent Study area 
  • Wheelchair Access

Specialist equipment

This site has the following equipment available:

  • Assistive Technology Booth 
  • Audio-Frequency Inductive Loop 
  • Bar Magnifier 
  • Cassette player 
  • Coloured Overlays 
  • Hand-held portable video magnifier (CCTV) 
  • Height adjustable tables 
  • Literacy software (TextHELP Read & Write) 
  • Magnifying glass 
  • Magnifying sheet 
  • Mind-mapping / Idea-mapping software (Inspiration & MindManager) 
  • Screen Magnification Software (ZoomText) 
  • Screen-reader software (Jaws) 
  • Speaking text-scanning software (Kurzweil 1000) 
  • Text enlarger 
  • Text scanning 
  • Video Magnifier (CCTV) 
  • Voice-recognition software (Dragon Naturally Speaking) 

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