Main Library, University of Birmingham

Last updated 3rd June 2009 
Name of library University of Birmingham Main Library 
Address Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT 
Telephone 0121 414 5817 
Fax  0121 471 4601
Alternative names Alternative names University of Birmingham Information Services 
Contact & Job Title  David Pulford; Karen Jackson, Subject Advisor
Purpose & main user community of the library  University undergraduate and research library; main users are students and staff of the university
Terms of access 
Opening hours
Access to the building after 17.00 or on Sunday is by valid library or ID card only
Disabled access  Wheelchair Access (limited) Ramped entrance at side of building; Accessible toilets Parking for people with disabilities Quiet/Silent Study area
Lending to other libraries & visitors  ILL via BLDSC. No individual lending to non-members. Research students and academics from other institutions can apply to become borrowing members
Number of volumes 46,000 (religious studies); Access to resources at University of Birmingham Orchard Learning Resources Centre; 2,200,000 in all subjects 
Periodicals – Back Issues  260
Current Periodicals  80
Other materials  Microfilm collections; CD-ROMs and online databases; historical and modern maps
Volumes added per year  
Coverage  Philosophy of religion, religion and society, classical religion and philosophy, African religions,
Christianity (history, early literature, church fathers, missions, women and the church, papacy,
Church of England, Methodism), Bibles (texts, commentaries, hermeneutics), holocaust
studies, gay and black theologies
Special Collections  Church Mission Society archives; Catholic Apostolic Church collection; archives of the YMCA; Bishop Barnes papers; Church Pastoral Aid Society archives; papers of Rev Lesley
Weatherhead; STC microfilms: English books printed 1475-1640; Wing microfilms: English
books printed 1641-1700; Eighteenth Century microfilms: English books printed in C18;
Bengeworth library; Wigan library; St. Mary’s Warwick library; Jerningham papers; St. John’s College Nottingham archives; Hetherington Collection of Bibles; Books of Common Prayer and metrical versions of the Psalms; various missions collections. Details of collections at
Research resource  African religions (especially West Africa); early Christian literature and church Fathers; pre-reformation church history; early Bible versions; missions; history of the church in Spain; history of the church in Great Britain; Church of England government and clergy; Papacy
Catalogue Type Computer, card (digitised) for items acquired before 1972 
URL of catalogue 
Other facilities Photcopying, microfilm/fiche reader-printers. No access to electronic resources except library 
Full Time Staff  yes
Part Time Staff  
Voluntary Staff  
Changes in next five years affecting the above  
Anything else about the library  See also entry for University of Birmingham Orchard Learning Resources Centre