It can be hard to find a quiet space to study as a university student. Sharehouses and common rooms hardly equal peace and quiet. Therefore, it’s important that you find a space that facilitates all of your study needs. Here are the top libraries in Birmingham where you can get your head down and get all of your assignment preparation done before exam season begins again.

The Library of Birmingham

The Library of Birmingham
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A fantastic library facility with a number of amenities to suit your every need. This includes study spaces, Wi-Fi and computers. The city’s very own public library is the best place to study outside whichever campus you may be on. You can also take a screen break by gazing out the panoramic views of central Birmingham and taking a stroll on the rooftop gardens.

Opening Times:

  • Monday to Tuesday: 11am to 7pm (phone lines close at 5pm)
  • Wednesday to Saturday: 11am to 5pm
  • Sunday: Closed

University of Birmingham, Main Library

University of Birmingham, Main Library
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This is a great library, suited especially for students at the University of Birmingham. The library has a large number of study spaces on every floor so you can get your head down and get some work done. There is also a café and library lounge so if you fancy taking a break from your studies, head down to the ground floor and pick up a sandwich.

Opening Times: 

The University of Birmingham library is open 24 hours, 7 days a week.

The Core Library, Solihull

The Core Library, Solihull
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Although not technically in Birmingham itself, The Core Library is in neighbouring Solihull which is easy to get to. This is the perfect library if you are looking for somewhere different to study. There are many amenities to suit your every need including a large host of books and many computers. There is also a theatre and café so if you fancy taking a break, why not watch a gripping show with a coffee?

Opening Times: 

  • Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from 9.00am to 5.00pm
  • Wednesday from 10.00am to 5.00pm
  • Thursday from 9.00am to 8.00pm

Harborne Library

Harborne Library in Birmingham is a great place for students
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This is a great library if you live in Harborne or nearby in Selly Oak. It is situated at the top end of High Street and is served by several bus routes. If you are looking to use a computer, they are bookable by the hour and there are some machines available for shorter periods. There is a large array of sections including fiction and non-fiction sections.

Harborne Library is the result of the remodelling of the 1892 community library building. It has lots of space, with three floors to enjoy. There are many amenities to suit your every need, so why not pop down?

Opening Times:

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 9am to 1pm, and 2pm to 5pm
  • Wednesday: 9am to 1pm, and 2pm to 5pm
  • Thursday: 12pm to 7pm
  • Friday: 9am to 1pm, and 2pm to 5pm
  • Saturday: 9am to 1pm, and 2pm to 5pm
  • Sunday: Closed

Bloomsbury Library

Bloomsbury Library
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This is a great library if you are looking for somewhere versatile and old fashioned to study. It’s located at the POD and is well connected to the community, providing lots of resources and a space for families. There aren’t any study spaces or computers to use, but it’s still a great library to find anything you need to help with studying such as books (obviously) and other facilities. It has a small collection of Adult Fiction, Non-Fiction and a good collection of children’s books.

Opening Times:

  • Monday: 9am – 5pm
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 9am – 5pm
  • Thursday: Closed
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

Erdington Public Library

Erdington Library best libraries in Birmingham
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Located in North Birmingham, this library is brilliant if you want a relaxing, spacious atmosphere to study. There is a wide selection of books and CDs available which can be located in the genre-categorised aisles, wide and easy to browse. The IT facilities and self-service machines mean that queues get cut down by a mile and visitors are able to do whatever they need.

Opening Times: 

  • Monday: 9am to 1pm, and 2pm to 5pm
  • Tuesday: 9am to 1pm, and 2pm to 5pm
  • Wednesday: Closed
  • Thursday: 10am to 1pm, and 2pm to 6pm
  • Friday: 9am to 1pm, and 2pm to 5pm
  • Saturday: 9am to 1pm, and 2pm to 5pm
  • Sunday: Closed

Last Updated on June 4, 2024

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