The Library

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“We are here to help you find the resources you need to get great grades and help you find the perfect place to study” - a promise made by the library staff here at Birmingham City University.


Here is some inside information on each BCU library and what they have to offer for students:

Curzon

Curzon Library is our biggest library, with two floors of books, journals and AV resources supporting the faculties of Business, Law and Social Sciences, Arts, Design and Media (including the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire), and Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment.

  • Open 24/7 during term time.
  • A wide range of printed books, journals, music, DVDs and CDs supporting all courses taught at the City Centre Campus, in addition to our vast electronic resource collection.
  • A variety of study spaces to suit you, with a silent study room, quiet individual/group work spaces, bookable group/individual study rooms and access to the open learning zone in the new £31m Curzon B extension.
  • PCs, loanable laptops and printing/photocopying facilities.
  • Our Learning Resources Area includes comb binding machines, staplers, hole punches, guillotines, laminating, and a light box. We sell a small selection of stationery (including combs/covers for binding and laminating pouches) at the Help Desk.

Mary Seacole

The Mary Seacole Library is a large library supporting the Health, Education and Life Sciences faculty, with a vast collection of books, journals, and teaching materials, as well as specialist subject support.

  • A wide range of printed books, journals, and teaching practice materials supporting the courses taught at the City South Campus, in addition to our vast electronic resource collection.
  • A variety of study spaces, including a large silent room, quiet individual spaces and group work spaces. Study rooms are available on a first-come first-served basis.
  • PCs, loanable laptops and printing/copying facilities.
  • Within the library, users have access to comb binding machines, staplers, hole punches, and guillotines

School of art

The School of Art Library based at the historic Margaret Street campus, supports the art courses taught at the Birmingham School of Art

  • Extended opening hours.  
  • A wide range of printed books, journals, and DVDs to support art courses.
  • Individual quiet study spaces.
  • PCs, loanable laptops and printing/copying facilities.  

School of Jewellery

The School of Jewellery Library is located within the historic Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham, in the iconic Victoria Street building. The library supports jewellery, silversmithing and horology courses.

  • Extended opening hours.
  • A wide range of printed books, journals, DVDs, CDs and videos to support School of Jewellery courses.
  • PCs and printing/copying facilities. 

To see the opening times and staffed hours for each library please follow this link: https://www.bcu.ac.uk/library/our-libraries/school-of-art-library/opening-times 

The online library resource offers a wide range of services such as: 

  • Borrowing or renewing books
  • Book a study room
  • Book a tutorial
  • Getting your library pin


All students have access to the BCU library website which is easy and simple to use, it touches on all of the key uses of the library and beyond. Alternatively you can always visit the library on your nearest campus for more information and the team are always willing to help

The library offers a service known as the centre for academic success, this was added by BCU as a way to develop a range of support services to further enrich the student experience. The Centre for Academic Success is the University's central learning development service. The centre offers a variety of study based help from assistance with academic writing to help with statistics right down to support with networking skills. In addition to the centre for academic success, the Library provides a service for Health, education and life sciences students known as the personal development department. The department is staffed by tutors who have a range of skills and experience in education and practice who are perfectly placed to understand your concerns and answer your questions 

As a Birmingham City University student there are loads of spaces available to you in both the Curzon as well as the Mary Seacole building (Available to book online in the Curzon building).

With access to millions of resources, sometimes the library can seem like an intimidating place. Our specialist Librarians are here to help you make sense of it all by providing in-depth guidance and support in your chosen subject area.

Tutorials are available at all of our campus locations including The School of Art and the School of Jewellery. 

To book a tutorial click on the link below:

https://moodle.bcu.ac.uk/enrol/index.php?id=1919 

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