Helping You to Study
The Library Service
'We Will Help You Achieve Your Best'
When you are enrolled and ready to go, you will have a lot of questions; such as:
- How do I achieve a good grade?
- Where do I find out about my module reading?
- Where can I study quietly or in a group?
- How and where can I access a laptop/computer?
The answers to these and many other questions can be found in the Library.
We can help you by:
- Providing expert staff to assist you with using and finding information and using resources;
- Showing you how to evaluate quality information for your assignments;
- Helping you to access your module delivery scheme which shows you all you need to know about your module, your assignments and the core reading;
- Providing study spaces and PCs to suit your study needs.
Google can only show you so much. You have a much greater chance of achieving a better grade if you read reliable, academic information. The Library has print and online collections which encompass books, e-books, electronic journals, newspapers, multimedia and a range of other e-resources such as marketing reports. All online resources are available to you, 24/7 on- and off-campus.
Our team of Subject Librarians are qualified Library and Information professionals and subject specialists. They are available to provide you with support when you are researching your assignments. They deliver sessions in class and during tutorials to provide invaluable advice regarding sourcing information and to help you develop your information-searching skills. These skills are vital during your studies and also when you are searching for jobs and begin working for an employer. Come and see us to find out more. Students can book appointments to see their Subject Librarian or they can visit them without an appointment as and when they require support. Students can also e-mail or telephone their Subject Librarian with subject-specific enquiries.
Comments from students:
“I appreciate all your help throughout my time at UCB, Many thanks.”
“…Really appreciated your support in my time of need. I would never have finished without your help.”
“Plenty of books and journals to use to complete my assignments. Staff are extremely supportive and help me find what I need”
“I am able to access a lot of resources which I would not have access to without the library. I am able to go into the library at any time of day to get work done. The library system is very supportive and easily accessible to everyone”
“All of the subject librarians have been absolutely excellent in supporting me with finding material regarding my topics”
“I just started using the library effectively for 3 months now and I can see the changes and impact it has made on my assignment (good mark). All the staff are friendly and helpful in finding my reading material. Thank you”
The Library Space
The library is a quiet study area where you can concentrate on your research and assignment work using individual study spaces close to the book collections.
The library is wifi enabled so you can work on your own laptop or mobile device and re-charge it, or use the laptop loan service (at the Summer Row library).
Where to find us
Our main library is on the 5th Floor at the Summer Row building. We also have a Library provision on the 4th floor of the Richmond House Campus.
You will be introduced to the library service during your induction at University College Birmingham. You can also arrange a library orientation tour with one of our library team at any time. They are always on hand to help with any aspect of our service.
Find out more
You can explore our library web pages and find out all you need to know about the library by visiting the Portal.
Library Services can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.
The UCB Libraries are based on two sites: you will find us on the Fifth Floor at Summer Row and the Fourth Floor at Richmond House. Most HE students will find their resources at Summer Row, but students studying Sports Therapy and Beauty Therapy Management will also find resources at Richmond House, where they are based for their practical sessions.
Centre for Academic Skills and English (CASE)
CASE is open to all students and is there to develop academic skills as well as improve students' coursework and examination outcomes. CASE offers four main services:
- The ASC (Academic Skills Centre) is located above the Library on the 5th floor of the Summer Row Campus, with disabled access from SR603. One-to-one appointments and drop-in sessions are available. The ASC can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Academic Development Sessions are available for all students to join and are advertised at the beginning of each semester.
- English Language Support – a free proofreading service (based in SR1014), which is open to qualifying students (if English is not your first language OR if you have disclosed dyslexia and are known to the
ASC). The team can be contacted at email@example.com.
- CASE SENsitive – offering support and guidance for students with special learning needs. This may include information regarding the funding or in-house assessments. Queries can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information regarding CASE, please check their dedicated page on the UCB site.
The Resource Centre (Ground Floor, Summer Row Campus)
Please see the Student Portal for opening times.
Computers, Printers and Photocopiers
There are 130 computers in the Resource Centre, some of which are bookable in advance or on a drop-in basis, depending on availability. The printing facility offers photocopying, emailing and printing. Students are allocated a printing allowance at the beginning of the year. Additional printing credits can be purchased if required.
Assignment Tracking Service (ATS)
Non-electronic assignments can be submitted between the hours of 9:00am and 7:00pm Monday to Friday. The ATS is not available at weekends. The deadline for full-time students is 4:00pm and for part-time 7:00pm. Students can track the progress of their assignments through the ATS and can collect them once marked.
There is a Help Desk situated on the middle level of the CASE. The staff provide basic IT support and general help and guidance.
There is a wide range of stationery available for purchase. Laminating and binding facilities are available.
There are other wi-fi enabled areas in UCB with IT facilities and charging points:
- Laptop loan service in the Summer Row Fifth Floor Library;
- PCs in the Sixth Floor ThinkSpace;
- PCs in the Ninth Floor Research Centre;
- PCs in McIntyre House student social learning spaces.
Personal Employability Development Plan (My PED Plan @ UCB)
All Universities and Colleges have to provide students with support in analysing and recording what is being learned across the course as a whole and in planning how best to prepare for a career.
You will be focused on planning your professional and personal development because the degree for which you are studying is designed to lead directly to employment and the degree has been developed to provide you with evidence of skills that will be valued by employers. Your electronic ‘My PED Plan @ UCB’ is the medium for you to reflect on the ways in which you are learning and to document your developing Personal and Employability Learning skills.
The sorts of skills employers want when they employ graduates in our sector is clear and all our courses have been designed to give you plenty of opportunity to rehearse and demonstrate these employability skills.
Employers are more interested in your skills and competencies than in your knowledge, the workplace is constantly evolving and a successful worker knows how to continue to learn about current issues and trends.