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Bringing the library to you: How to Event

This guide is for all BCU students and staff who are studying/working away from campus.

How to Event

The next Library HOW TO: Find books and journal articles session will be on 18 - 22 October. Familiarise yourself with how to find library resources, such as books and journal articles.

Join us online via Teams between 11 to 12 on following dates: 

Monday 18 October                                   

Tuesday 19 October                   

Wednesday 20 October                              

Thursday 21 October                                  

Friday 22 October                               

There is no need to book, just click to join. If you have a library question we would love to hear from you, or even if you just want to drop in for a chat it would be nice to meet you.

Library Starter Guide


The Library is at the heart of Birmingham City University on four campus locations: Curzon, Mary Seacole,  School of Art and School of Jewellery.

You can also access the BCU Library search and chat with a librarian anytime, anywhere via the library website.

In addition to giving you access to millions of resources, the library provides you with services such as study spaces, laptops, tutorials and and much more. Please watch our short Welcome Video.

Search for books and Journal articles

We have over 450,000 print books and an ever expanding collection of electronic books for you to use. Our print stock is spread over four library sites and our eBooks are available 24/7, on or off campus. 

As well as books you can also access a huge variety of journals. They are available in both print and electronic form.

Start your search here:

Library Advanced Search

Reading List Online

Your reading list is an indispensable tool that brings together everything you should read for your module, content specially curated by Academic staff for individual modules. Here is the Reading Lists Online homepage but you can also access your reading lists via the Moodle Virtual Learning Environment.

Idea and suggestions to improve our service

Library Search Help


The Birmingham City University Library Search places a world of knowledge at your fingerTip. Learn about the library's powerful search features that will save you time and open new perspectives in your research and studies.

From essential skills to advanced searching techniques, this guide will teach you how to use the Library Search.

Library search guide


BCU has a large collection of databases on everything from Accountancy to Visual Communications.

Databases are listed alphabetically with brief descriptions of the sort of content available underneath the titles and you'll see different options to filter the listings. 

A-Z of Databases

Subject Guide

These guides have been put together by subject specialists and library staff to help you find resources related to your chosen subject at BCU in one convenient location. They include:

  • Details of key books, journals and databases for your subject.

  • Staff contact details for specialist help.

  • Advice on how to use different types of resource.


Any more questions ?

We hope we have everything here to help you to get started. We are constantly seeking help to improve our service, if you have any ideas or suggestions, please leave us your feedback relating to our 'How to' events.

What are How to Events?

 How to Events are organised by Library and Learning Resources staff.  These events run for a week each month during term time on a range of topics that will help you to use both the library and its resources effectively and efficiently.  The topics range from getting started using the library to using ebooks and preparing for exams.  Suggestions for future events are always welcome you can leave your thoughts here: Add a suggestion 

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