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Online catalogue (spydus)

You can search our stock without being a library member but to reserve or renew items you will need your library card and PIN.

The catalogue allows you to search for any resource held in the Library of Birmingham or any of our community libraries.

Library resources include: books; DVDs; CDs; electronic resources; graphic novels; music manuscripts; maps; music scores and periodicals; talking books; large print books; dual language books and CDs; open learning packs and CD ROMS.

Open the online catalogue

You may make a request for any material you find on our online catalogue. Standard stock items can be reserved by library members online, in person or by telephone.

Some material may be in a book stack (in storage) and will require library staff to retrieve it in advance of your visit. The item will usually have an A or B in front of the classification number and a floor level location of ‘Lower Ground Floor Stack’, Level 5 or Level 6. Read more about requesting items from storage.


We make every effort to keep our catalogue accurate. However, if you're planning to travel to a library to borrow an item, we recommend that you telephone first to check that it's available.

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