Succeeding in your assignments / starting your research

It’s November, and by now I’m sure most BCU students are well underway with their assignments or research projects. This month we’re going to be concentrating on all the ways the library can help you with these. Sure, you can get books and articles from us, but did you know we’ve got TONS more to help you get amazing grades?

We’ll be focussing on individual resources in future posts, but here’s a quick overview of some services which we hope you’ll be able to make good use of:

How can I get help?

  • You can book a tutorial with a librarian that specialises in your subject to help find resources for your research projects or assignments.
  • You can book a tutorial with the Centre for Academic Success to help you with academic writing.
  • You can book on an information skills workshop.
  • You can try a subject-specific informed learning course online.
  • You can browse your online subject guide which includes tailored library information for your subject.
  • We’ve created a guide to help start you off with your assignment/research.

Is there any specific help for researchers?

  • Yes! We have created a guide which maps the research process in detail, providing links to our resources and further help sources.
  • You can also book a tutorial as above.

What if I’m doing my research away from the university and need some help?

  • You can use our online Library Help service to chat to us live or send us an email.
  • You can join the SCONUL Access scheme to use facilities at your local university library.

During November we will be posting more information about the above, but why not explore these links now and see how we can help you?


Ask us!

Here in Library and Learning Resources we proudly wear our ‘Here to Help’ badges every day, because that’s exactly what we are – here to help!

Whatever you need help with, we’ve got friendly staff available in person and online.


So, where can I get help?

At the Help Desk

We’ve got a Help Desk at each of our 6 campus libraries and we’re here to answer questions about:

  • Your library account
  • Paying fines
  • Finding library materials
  • Reservations and inter-library loans

You can also speak to a specialist at the Help Desk for:

  • Subject enquiries
  • Finding resources
  • Basic referencing
  • Accessing electronic materials

You can also phone our Help Desks on:

Curzon Library 0121 331 5282
Conservatoire Library 0121 331 5914
Kenrick Library 0121 331 5281
Mary Seacole Library 0121 331 7071
School of Art Library 0121 331 5977
School of Jewellery Library 0121 331 6470


Our online Library Help site is a one-stop portal for information.  You can:

  • Chat to us live
  • Email us
  • Search/browse our extensive FAQs

Our iCity site (accessed via the red tile on the iCity home page) is our central home page:

  • Information about services
  • Access to all electronic resources

We’re also available on social media!

Twitter: @BCULibrary

Facebook: /birminghamcityuniversitylibrary

And of course on this blog!