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COVID-19 service update

April 2021

Access to MIRC

We are still unable to reopen MIRC and we are working on plans to change the space to make it Covid-secure.

As always, the majority of our resources and support are available via this website 24/7

MIRC staff are available online to help you every weekday, 9am-5pm. You are welcome to contact us by email and if you need more in-depth advice, please email your Information Specialist and they will arrange a video call with you.

On site library services

Although MIRC is closed you are welcome to use Kings Norton Library for the following services:  

•    Click and collect: Reserve print items from the MIRC collection and then make an appointment to pick them up. 
•    Study space: Book a private study space. (Seating capacity has been reduced to meet social distancing guidelines.) 

Please only visit the library if you have a confirmed booking for one of these two services, or if you are returning print items to us. We are unable to offer any in-person support at the moment. Please read our advice before you visit.

You must wear a face covering in the building at all times unless you have a medical exemption.

If you are living away from campus

If you are living away from campus you can reserve and request postal delivery of books and print items. The usual eligibility criteria for using our postal services have been relaxed, so if you are living away from the campus at the moment, please let us know when you reserve your item and we will post it to any UK, RoI or BFPO address. (We are sorry we are unable to post overseas.) 

If you only need to read a single article, book chapter, or conference paper from our stock (and it isn't available online), we can scan and email it to you wherever you are in the world. We also recommend searching our collections for an eBook or other online alternatives. 

If you wish to return books and are living away from the site, please contact to arrange a postal return from a UK Collect+ location (at no cost to yourself). If you are living on or near site, you can return them to the ground floor of the Library without an appointment.

Interlibrary loans and other requests

If you need an item that isn’t part of our online collection we are now able to accept requests for print interlibrary loans again. Please be patient as they may take longer to arrive due to staffing reductions at other libraries and quarantine measures.

You can also Suggest a purchase.