Media: Books and E-books

This guide brings together key resources to help you find information relating to the study of media, including marketing, events, PR, journalism, television, radio, film and music

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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:

  • Online reading lists prepared by your lecturers and librarians.
  • The Library Search box on every page of the library website to search for books and e-books by title, author or keyword.
  • Browse the shelves by shelfmark for inspiration or browse our digital collections.

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.


Accessing Reading Lists Online (video)


Go to Reading Lists Online



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


You can also book a tutorial with your subject specialist librarian, Chloe Smith, who can help you develop an effective search strategy. 

Book a Tutorial   

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


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

Shelfmarks e-books

You can also browse our curated digital collections on national and global initiatives, as well as collections by BCU authors and collections for researchers. 

 Digital Collections