Orchard Learning Resource Centre


Reduced hours

We are open from Mon-Fri 10:00-1600.

From 28 September, we will be open Mon-Wed 10:00-16:00, and Thurs-Fri 10:00-20:00 (16:00-20:00, library services are unavailable apart from book returns and study space).

Orchard Learning Resource Centre

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

Email: library@mail.libanswers.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. 

Free shuttle bus

A free bus operates Monday to Friday between the Selly Oak campus and the main Edgbaston campus during term time:

  • 28 September - 18 December 2020
  • 15 January - 26 March 2021
  • 19 April - 25 June 2021

Show your University ID card to the driver. The buses are operated by Johnson's. There is a bus stops on the Edgbaston campus opposite the Teaching and Learning Building on the ring road, and near the Guild of Students (by the traffic hump just after the bridge).

Bus times are listed below - this timetable is valid for term-time only.
East Gate  09:30  10:30  11:30  12:30  13:30  14:30  15:30 16:30 17:30 --
Main Library  09:32  10:32  11:32  12:32  13:32  14:32  15:32 16:32 17:32 --
OLRC  09:39  10:39  11:39  12:39  13:39  14:39  15:39 16:39 17:39 18:15
Main Library  09:48  10:48  11:48  12:48  13:48  14:48  15:48 16:48 17:48 18:23
East Gate  09:50  10:50  11:50  12:50  13:50  14:50  15:50 16:50 17:50 18:25
 Early morning service, Tuesday - Friday (does not operate Mondays
 East gate  08:30
 Main Library  08:32
 OLRC  08:39
 Main Library  08:48
 East Gate  08:50


Study spaces

The OLRC has a total of 488 study spaces, comprising of over 368 traditional desks (including 7 individual study carrels), 65 PCs, a group study room for 11 people (not currently available), and 49 soft-seating spaces.


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

There are Multifunctional Devices (MFDs) on the ground and first floors of the library. These will allow you to print, photocopy and scan to University email addresses. 

Our managed print system allows you to collect your printing from any of our MFDs and to print from your own laptop or mobile device.  See our main printing, photocopying and scanning page for more information.

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.


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


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:

N.B. These services are available in the Orchard Learning Resources Centre (OLRC) at all times when the Centre is open.

Facilities and access

  • Bookable Group Study Space
  • Assistive Technology Booth (not currently available)
  • Accessible toilets 
  • Parking for people with disabilities 
  • Quiet/Silent Study area 
  • Wheelchair Access

Specialist equipment

This site has the following equipment available within its Assistive Technology Booth:

  • Literacy software (TextHELP Read & Write) 
  • Mind-mapping / Idea-mapping software 
  • Scanning and reading software (OpenBook and Pearl)
  • Screen Magnification Software (ZoomText) 
  • Screen-reader software (Jaws) 
  • Voice-recognition software (Dragon Naturally Speaking) 

Additional information


Professional Services