Education: Books and e-books

This guide contains all the resources and services available from the library to support Education courses within the College of Education and Social Work.

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Books are an excellent way to broaden your knowledge or start researching a subject. There are multiple ways to find and get relevant books:

The library also has resources and services in case you can't find a book.

Reading Lists Online

Reading Lists Online provides access to reading lists for your modules.  You can search for lists using the module code, name, or your lecturer's name.

Individual items on the lists will take you directly to Library Search or to the full text for e-books and e-journals.

If you can't find your reading list, talk to your module leader or contact us at Library Chat.


How to find a reading list (video)


Go to Reading Lists Online




Looking for other books on the real or virtual shelves is another way to discover interesting titles. Look for the shelf marks corresponding to related topics. Online you can browse and search the e-book collections BCU has subscribed.

Shelfmarks e-books



If you can't find a book

Learn new search techniques

The Birmingham City University Library Search is available on every page of the library website. Learn how to refine your search results, check an item's availabilitydiscover related resources and build advanced search queries.

Library Search Help

When an item is not in stock

There are many options available to you when a book is not in stock:

  • Reserve a book that is already loaned.
  • If you found a book held by another library, you can request an inter-library loan.
  • And finally, you may also suggest a book for purchase.

Items not in stock


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