How do I… request a journal article?


Welcome to our series where we demystify the answers to popular questions from the past week.

This week we’re finding out…

Q. How do I request a journal article?

A. First of all, make sure you’ve thoroughly checked to make sure we definitely don’t have it! Log onto iCity and go to our Find Resources page:

  • Search Summon for the article title – if it says ‘Full Text’ then follow the link, if it says ‘Citation online’ then this isn’t available through our subscription
  • Search the Catalogue for the journal title – this will tell you if we take the journal in paper or electronic form
  • Use the A-Z of Resources to search a particular database – whilst many of our databases are searched via Summon, some are not. If you’re looking for a law article, for example, you might want to try both Lexis and Westlaw.

If you can’t access the journal via the above methods then you might want to try searching for the article title via your preferred search engine – occasionally you might find it is held in an open access repository and is free to download from the internet.

Nope – I’ve checked and I still can’t get access to this article!

We will try and get hold of it for you. Go back to the Find Resources page linked above, and click the ‘Inter-Library Loans’ option on the left-hand side. From here you can request the article via the inter-library loans system. This can take a number of days or even weeks depending on the number of requests we have in our system and how easy it is to obtain the article. If you need resources last-minute for an assignment, try a ‘full text only’ search in Summon or individual databases to access materials immediately.

You can search for the answers to more Frequently Asked Questions on our Library Help site.


Farewell to the Adrian Boult Hall

We’re used to borrowing orchestral sets from all around the country for concerts held at the Birmingham Conservatoire (and lending ours out too) but June represented the end of an era as the Adrian Boult Hall took its final bow. Stephanie at the Conservatoire Library marked the occasion with the following note sent to lending libraries after the final performance:

Thank you

We thought you might be interested to learn what your loan to us helped us to achieve.

The (150 in total) Verdi Requiem scores were used as part of a triumphant farewell to Birmingham Conservatoire’s beloved Adrian Boult Concert Hall in the last ever concert to take place there on Sunday 26th June 2016.

The ‘Requiem for a Concert Hall’ was a sell-out concert which very nearly didn’t take place due to a last minute need to change conductor. Thankfully Barry Wordsworth stepped in and did a brilliant job which meant the concert could go ahead as planned.

The concert was recorded live and aired on Tuesday 28th June on BBC Radio 3.


Just some of the copies used as part of the concert.

Thanks once again for making it happen!

As the Conservatoire Library moves into its last academic year based in Paradise Place, we hope to bring you some interesting facts and stories about the history of the music library on this blog – we’ve already been raiding some old IAML publications to see how our collection has changed over time…  watch this space!

^Laura and Stephanie

Top 5 Frequently Asked Questions

Library and Learning Resources run an online Library Help service which includes a section for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).  What are our most popular FAQs?

  1. How do I book a study room in the Library?

We’ve got a number of individual and group study rooms in both Curzon and Kenrick Libraries.  If you need a quiet place to study, or if you’re working as a group, these rooms are ideal for you.  They get booked up quickly so make sure you reserve your space.


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