Research Reserve


The Research Reserve is located on the lower ground floor of the Main Library. It can be accessed via the lift/stairs beyond the main Help Desk on the ground floor. The items in the Research Reserve form a valuable part of our research collections. University of Birmingham academic staff and students can browse the collections in the Research Reserve.

The Allport Room is our reading room, where you can view or collect reference-only items such as theses from the Research Reserve.

Opening hours: Allport Room

The Allport Room is closed on Bank Holidays and University closed days.


  • University staff and students can request Research Reserve items, for physical availability or digital scans, using FindIt@Bham.
  • Visitors should contact us in order to request Research Reserve items.
  • More information on requesting Research Reserve items.

Allport Room facilities

  • Book scanner for scanning to USB and email. 
  • Microform scanner for saving to USB and network drive, and sending to email and print.

Please contact us to check availability if you are making a special journey to the library to use the microform scanner.

Browsing access

  • University of Birmingham academic staff and students can request to browse the collection in the Research Reserve.
  • We provide inductions for all users so that you can make the best use of this large resource.
  • We also offer regular group tours, which can be booked in advance via Research Reserve Tours.


The door to the Allport Room.

The lift to the lower ground floor.



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