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 core 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 reading scheme which shows you all you need to know about your module, your assignments and your core reading;
  • Providing study spaces and PCs to suit your study needs.

Digital Library

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.

Assignment Assistance

Our team of Subject Librarians who are qualified Library and Information professionals and subject specialists are available to provide you with support when you are researching your assignments. They deliver sessions in class and during tutorials to give you invaluable advice regarding finding information and to help you develop your information-searching skills. These skills will be 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 an FE library on the 4th floor of the Richmond House building.

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 and they are always on hand to help with any aspect of our service.

Find out more

If you already study with us, 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)

The Centre for Academic Skills and English (CASE) is situated on the Upper Level of the Fifth Floor of the Summer Row Campus and can be accessed through the Library. Disabled access is via SR603.

CASE is open to all students and is there to develop academic skills as well as improve students' coursework and examination outcomes. The CASE team seeks to give students opportunities to maximise their potential and move forward into further study or obtain the qualifications to enhance potential employability.

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 assignment service 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.

Help Desk

There is a Help Desk situated on the middle level of the Centre. The staff provide basic IT support and general help and guidance.

Sales Counter

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.

English Development Centre

The English Development Centre offers a range of free classes to assist students in developing their academic language skills, such as academic reading, writing, speaking and lecture listening. These classes run each semester for 5 to 6 weeks and you can sign up through the UCB Portal. There are also drop-in advice sessions which have a workshop structure.

In addition, the English Language Support (ELS) service provides free proofreading for assignments and dissertations to eligible UCB students: either English is not their first language; or they have a disability or a specific learning need. The ELS is located on the 10th floor of the Summer Row Campus, in Room 1014.

For details of the full range of services on offer and for information on how to make use of the ELS service, please go to the English Development Centre area on the UCB Portal.

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 programme 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 programme has been developed to give you 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.

It is clear what sorts of skills employers want when they employ graduates in our sector and all our programmes 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, since the workplace is constantly evolving and a successful worker knows how to continue to learn about current issues and trends.

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