More coffee and cake!

Following the success of our coffee and cake morning in Curzon Building on 13th November, we held more events across our campus libraries.

20th November – Kenrick Library, City North Campus

25th November – Mary Seacole Library, City South Campus

27th November- Conservatoire Library, City Centre Campus

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We spoke to around 200 students in total about where they could get help across the University, including the Library, Centre for Academic Success and the ASK student advisory service.

We asked students for their study tips for the chance to be entered in a prize draw for an Amazon voucher worth £20.

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We will compile and post all of your study tips soon.  Keep an eye out on Twitter for these!

It was great to see so many students (and staff!) engaging with us – special thanks to the lecturer who brought their class over as a group for a tour of Kenrick Library, and thanks to many others who directed their students towards the events.  We hope you all enjoyed them as much as we did, and we certainly hope to run them again soon.


Do you have any feedback about the coffee and cake events? Do you have any suggestions for future events? Please contact us using the comments form here.



Fancy a free lunch?

Are you a first year student at BCU?

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Then come down to one of our focus groups and have your say about the library!

We are interested in you sharing your experience, opinions and understanding of library inductions and information literacy sessions.

As a thanks you will get:

  • FREE food vouchers worth up to £5 to spend in the University cafe
  • FREE refreshments
  • Automatically entered into a £50 Amazon voucher draw for members of the focus groups


We have morning and afternoon sessions, lasting up to an hour and a half, located at both City South and City Centre campuses.

Pick any session that works best for you from the following:

Wednesday 2nd December 11am -12:30pm: Anstey Room, Ravensbury House, City South Campus

Wednesday 2nd December 2:30pm – 4pm: Anstey Room, Ravensbury House, City South Campus
Thursday 10th December: 11am – 12:30pm: Curzon C175, City Centre Campus
Friday 11th December: 11am – 12:30pm: Curzon C183, City Centre Campus

To book go to: 




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Post edited 4.12.15 to update link to eventbrite

You’re Invited…

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We are running a series of Coffee and Cake mornings across our various campus libraries giving you the opportunity to meet library staff  and find out what services we have to help and support you with your studies.  There will also be representatives from Centre for Academic Success, Personal Development Department and ASK at some of the events.

Come along to one of the following and grab yourself a free cake and coffee:

Friday 13th November 10 am – 12 noon @ Curzon Level 1 (outside the library)

Friday 20th November 10 am – 12 noon @ Kenrick Library Foyer

Wednesday 25th November 10am – 12 noon @ Seacole Library Teaching Room

Friday 27th November 10am – 12 noon @ Conservatoire Library Seminar Room

You could also be in with a chance to win an Amazon voucher if you share your top study tips with us.

Look forward to seeing you there!




A belated welcome…

Welcome Week 2015 at Birmingham City University was fabulous!  The place was overspilling with stalls offering freebies.  It was great seeing so many wide-eyed, excited students on campus after a quiet summer, and a wonderful way to welcome everybody to the brand new Curzon Building.

On our Library and Learning Resources stall, I was very proud to be handing out some absolutely beautiful bags and coasters featuring a design taken from one of our library treasures, Suggestions in Floral Design by F.E. Hulme.

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The design on the bag was an amended version of one in the book, created by one of our talented members of staff.

Judging by the take-up, other people thought they were beautiful too!  I expect to see everybody in the library using their bags to take books home.  But, if not, they’ll help you beat the 5p plastic bag charge, or make a lovely washing bag for when you go back home at the weekends.  And, if you’re inspired or interested in seeing more, we have plenty of books on floral design!

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We were also dishing out handy library information, but in case you missed it, you can find about how to get started with the library on our iCity pages.

The library tweeters were out in force, capturing the essence of the day.  You can find the full story here!


^Laura (Assistant Liaison Librarian)