Orchard Learning Resource Centre

 

Orchard Learning Resource Centre

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

See our opening hours.

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 Road. 

Facilities 

Study spaces

OLRC has over 350 study spaces spread across three halls, and seven 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 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 thirty in various configurations. The other side is a technology-rich area containing twelve PCs, screened areas for group work, a plasma screen, 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

  • Multifunctional printer/photocopier on the ground and first floors
  • Scanner on the ground 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.

Collections

OLRC holds over 100,000 items, encompassing religious studies, social sciences and humanities. 

Loanable material is on the first floor, in the Religion and Society Hall and the Humanities Hall.

Availability of materials

Some reference material is housed in closed access stacks and is available for library use only. 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

The Baykov Collection, European Documentation Collection, German Documentation Collection, Arabic Collection, and Oriental Collection are now located in the Main Library.

Posters and maps from the Baykov Collection are 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 

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 text reader (Tieman CleaReader)
  • Bar Magnifier 
  • Cassette player 
  • Coloured Overlays 
  • DAISY format software (Dolphin Easy Converter)
  • Dedicated printer
  • Dedicated scanner
  • Hand-held portable video magnifier (Ruby & Videospec Pocket Reader) 
  • Height adjustable tables 
  • Literacy software (TextHELP Read & Write) 
  • Magnifying glass 
  • Magnifying sheet 
  • Mind-mapping / Idea-mapping software (Inspiration & MindManager) 
  • Scanning and reading software (OpenBook and Pearl)
  • Screen Magnification Software (ZoomText) 
  • Screen-reader software (Jaws) 
  • Speaking text-scanning software (Kurzweil 1000) 
  • Table top craft lamp with magnifying light
  • Voice-recognition software (Dragon Naturally Speaking) 

Additional information