Notes for external users of the library


Libraries closed to visitors

 We regret that our libraries are currently closed to people who are not staff or students of the University.

Information about the services we offer to paid external members of the library can be found below. Please see our information for visitors page for full details of all of the access options we offer to members of the public.


The Library’s central function is to service the information need of the University’s own staff and students. Services to the wider academic and local community may also be provided where this can be done without prejudice to our primary client group.

All users are admitted to our libraries on the understanding that they will abide by the Library Regulations. Library Services reserves the right to withdraw membership if an individual breaches these regulations.

Please note: Access to the Main Library is restricted during the revision and exam period due to pressure on study spaces for our students. 

Print and electronic resources

Access to electronic resources is available in an extremely limited form via FindIt@Bham's guest access facility. Guest access is the same whether you are based on campus or using FindIt@Bham from home.

If you need access to specific print resources, please check that these are available before you apply for membership.

You should also note that membership does not give you access to the internet or printing facilities, although self service photocopying is available.


We offer either borrowing or reference membership. Alumni of the University can apply for 12 months free reference access within the first year after graduation with concessionary rates applicable thereafter. Other members may apply for a year or 6 months membership.

Details of fees
   Borrowing Reference
 University of Birmigham Alumni 12 months  £37.50 £25.00
 Other members 12 months £75.00 £50.00
  6 months* £50.00 £37.50


All prices are inclusive of VAT

Library card

On registering we will issue you a library card. You will need to bring this with you whenever you visit the library. Most of our libraries have a card operated access control system. You should notify Library Services if you lose your card so that we can prevent anyone else using it (we charge a replacement charge of £10 for lost cards).

Borrowing items

Most books are available to be borrowed for one week and will renew automatically on the library system each night, if not required by another borrower. You can check your library account via the External Borrowers link and Library Account option on Findit@Bham (you'll need to set your password the first time you use it by pressing "Forgotten your password"). 

Items that are required by other library users will stop renewing and you will receive an email telling you to return it within a week (followed by reminder emails up until the due date). It is important that you return any such recalled item by the due date given in the messages requesting its return.

Fines will be charged on all items which have not been returned or renewed by the date they are due. See our borrowing books and journals page for more information. 

Site libraries

Your membership fee also provides you with some access to our more specialised site libraries.


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