"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
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 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.
Feedback from students
Comments from our university students
Thank you so much for all your help last Wednesday...you were absolutely brilliant
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 three 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
Comments from our college students following 'Kahoot' library session
I found this session to be very helpful. I have learnt a lot about the e-resources!
Fascinating learning experience.
I enjoyed the Kahoot game…it was fun and educational.
It was great! I learnt a lot about the library….Kahoot is a good learning resource.
I really enjoyed today’s session it was fun and very entertaining. I learnt a lot about UCB portal and what resources I can use to help me in my assignments.
Very nicely presented. Lots of information learnt.
Great game and interesting lesson. Fun learning! Helpful revision.
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 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 and Twitter.
Take a look around our Summer Row Library.
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.