Our top 5 tips for using the virtual library

Away for the holidays?

Studying off campus?

Part-time student?

No problem!

Our virtual doors are always open, with access to resources and help electronically 24/7.  Here are our top 5 tips for studying from home.


1. Make the most of electronic resources

You can access more than 60 million (yes!) full text items digitally using our search engine Summon, which provides fast, easy access to our collection of books and journals – and beyond.  We have over 12,000 ebooks, with more being added all the time.


Access is easy when using the Birmingham City University iCity page – no extra log in details are required for most resources.

2. Become acquainted with your subject guide

Our handy subject guides help you filter our vast collection of resources by subject and provide the latest information and support in your subject area.  Want to know who your subject specialist is? Find out here!


3. Explore the Digital Library

Access the Digital Library to find journal articles and book chapters from your reading lists that are not normally available electronically.  You will also find past exam papers and dissertations up to PhD level.  You’ll need your borrower number and PIN to log in.

4. Find answers via Library Help

Check out our Library Help page for answers to frequently asked questions.  Send your questions via email or chat to us online (during staffed hours – chat service operates until 5pm Mon-Fri during term time).


5. Follow us on social media

We use Twitter to keep you up-to-date with the latest library information.  Follow us for news, library information, competitions and more!