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Your University ID card is also the card that you need to use to access and use  resources at our libraries.  You are required to keep this card on you at all times when on campus. 

The 10 digit number above the barcode is your library borrower number which you will need for many library services.

If you have an associate ID card you may be required to register for a barcode first at the library Help Desk. You will need to provide a letter from your faculty/department stating your contract end date.

You will need your four digit library PIN to borrow items using the self service machines, and renew/reserve items online. Your PIN is emailed to your university email address when your card is printed.

If you have forgotten your PIN, you can reset this on the library catalogue or ask at the library Help Desk.

More information.

You can use the Library Help page to chat to us 24/7 or send us an email.

Curzon Library

The Curzon Building, 4 Cardigan Street,Birmingham, B4 7BD 

0121 331 5282 


Paradise Place, Birmingham  B3 3HG

0121 331 5914

Kenrick Library

Franchise Street, Perry Barr, Birmingham, B42 2SU

0121 331 5281

Mary Seacole Library

Westbourne Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 3TN

0121 331 7071

School of Art

Margaret Street, Birmingham B3 3BX 

0121 331 5977

School of Jewellery

Vittoria Street, Birmingham, B1 3PA

0121 331 6470


If you have a complaint, comment or suggestion, please use the email form above or complete this form on iCity.

Subject guides are curated by subject specialists from the Learning & Teaching and Collection Management librarians.

They include lists of key databases, a dedicated Summon subject search box, and important websites.


Subject guides

Your reading list is a list of items which your lecturer considers important for your module. They are usually divided into:

  • Purchase
  • Essential
  • Recommended
  • Background

You can search for a list by module code/name or by tutor.

Reading Lists Online

You can book private or group study rooms using our online bookings system.

Rooms are available at Curzon and Kenrick Libraries. You can book up to 2 hours at a time, with a limit of 4 occasions in 21 days. There are 5 first-come-first-served rooms available at Mary Seacole Library.

More information available here.       


Room bookings website.


Disabled students who have been given permission to use the disability study room at Curzon Library will need to book this at the library Help Desk. This room can be booked for 4 hours in one day.

Staff and students can borrow up to 20 items.

Loan periods:

  • Normal loans (4 weeks students/10 weeks staff)
  • Two week loans
  • One week loans
  • High Demand items (Curzon Library only - 4 hours)

All items except High Demand items can be renewed via the red iCity tile if they have not been reserved by somebody else.


More information.

We charge fines for overdue items. There is a maximum charge of £10 per item:

  • Normals loans 10p per day
  • Two week loans 40p per day
  • One week loans 75p per day
  • High Demand items 75p per hour or part hour

You cannot borrow items if you have charges of £5 or above.

You can pay fines at the library Help Desk, on the iCity red tile (£5 or above) or on the self service machines (£1 or above).


Finding Resources

The Library has a large range of print and eBook titles to meet your needs. Print books can be a great place to start your research, but remember that demand can be high, so you'll need to plan in advance.

eBooks are a quick and easy way to access material. They are available on or off campus and can be used 24 hours a day. If you own a tablet device, these books can be viewed easily wherever you have a connection to the internet. These titles also allow limited printing.

You can access our print and eBook collections through the Library Catalogue or on Summon.


Help guides

Accessing MyiLibrary e-books [pdf]

Downloading DawsonEra e-books [pdf]

Finding your way around an e-book [video]

Creating a MyiLibrary account [video]

There are a number of ways to find out if we have a journal article:

1. Search SummonThis search engine will look across a number of our journal holdings, plus the library catalogue. If you are logged into iCity, it will tell you if we have the Full Text or if the article is Citation Only (the abstract).

2. Search individual databasesYour subject guide (see the tab above) will have a list of recommended ones.

3. Check the catalogue to see if we have the journal title in hard copy or online.

4. Check the A-Z of eJournals to see if we have the journal title online.



To get the best out of searching, we recommend that staff and students log into iCity. This is the only way of ensuring you can access the full range of resources that the library subscribes to.

What if I haven't got access to the full text?

We have created an in-depth guide which lists a number of resources:

  • Financial information
  • Market research
  • Statistics
  • Stocks and shares

Company information guide









The Digital Library is where we hold exam papers, dissertations, and particular scanned copies of articles and book chapters that your lecturers have asked us to upload.

You will need to use your borrower number and library PIN (see tabs above) to log in and search.

Digital Library


Curzon Library

Curzon Library

Curzon Library

Curzon Library

Curzon Library

Curzon Library

Curzon Library

Mary Seacole Library

Mary Seacole Library