Library Services

Updated 24/03/20

In response to the Prime Minister’s announcement yesterday evening - Monday 23rd March, our campuses are now closed. Please ensure you utilise all online resources available. Staff are contactable via email and phone, so please feel free to contact us as normal, but from a distance at home. We are still available remotely to assist you and offer any support you need.

Cambrian Hall & The Maltings will remain open and we'll continue to communicate with residents.

Please take care and continue to follow Public Health England & government guidelines. Stay home & stay safe.  

We will keep you updated of any changes. 

New Library Facilities

The Library previously located at Summer Row has now moved to The Link. This is located two minutes away from the McIntyre Campus. Don’t worry though as you will still have access to other library resources such as;

  • 24/7 online library
  • Think Spaces around the campus for study space and access to computers
  • Your Subject Librarian will also be available for help (see the library portal for contact details 

"We will help you achieve your best"

Now that 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 giving you invaluable advice regarding finding information and helping 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 email or telephone their Subject Librarian with subject specific enquiries.  

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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. It is also wifi enabled so you can work on your own laptop or mobile device and re-charge it.

Where to find us

Our main library is on the 4th and 5th Floor at The Link. 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 customer service assistants 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,  Twitter and  Instagram.

Opening times

Our opening hours can be found below. Please note that UCB is closed for a two-week period over Christmas and New Year, therefore the following times do not apply during this period. Exact dates will be provided nearer the time. You can also check our  contact us page, which will be updated with Christmas closure information every December. 

The Link
Richmond House