Library services for distance and part time learners

All the services and facilities provided by Library Services are available to distance learning students. This page provides information and links to those services which you may find most useful.

Just Ask!    
Our instant messaging service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Between 10pm and 8am, chats will be answered by staff at our partner libraries.

This enables you to search thousands of online resources and find out what printed material we have. Sign in to get full text where it is available and to check and renew what you have on loan.

SCONUL access 
As a distance learner, you can join the majority of UK Higher Education libraries through this scheme. Fill in the online form and we will validate your eligibility for the scheme.

Postal loans and photocopies  
If you need access to our print material, we can post books to you and scan or photocopy book chapters and articles.

Subject support   
Academic Skills Advisors are available to help you: answering your enquiries, helping you to find resources on your subject, training you in the use of online databases, journals and ebooks, the creation of citations and bibliographies, and more.

Recalled loans     
Please note that material you have on loan may be recalled from you by another borrowers. You should therefore check your University of Birmingham email regularly or put in a request to the IT Service Desk to redirect your messages to the email account you normally use.

Library web pages 
Further information and guides can be found through our main website. In particular, we recommend consulting the Research Support and Teaching Support pages. Online resources we provide include course notes and training videos for reference management software as well as subject and database guides.