Birmingham - University of, Information Services, Orchard Learning Resources Centre

Repository code: GB 0151
Address: Selly Oak Campus, Weoley Park Road, Hamilton Drive, Birmingham
Postcode: B29 6QD
Telephone: 0121 415 2255
Fax: 0121 415 2273
Strengths: The Orchard Learning Resources Centre is based on the University of Birmingham Westhill campus. Built on an orchard, and formed by the merger of the Selly Oak Colleges Library and the Westhill College Library, it was opened in 1997 to provide IT, media and library services to the Federation of Selly Oak Colleges. The Federation incorporates eight colleges concerned with teacher training, community and social work, development education, Christian, Jewish and Islamic theology, training the disabled and peace studies, and the Orchard Learning Resources Centre's resources reflect these focuses. Specifically missionary-related material includes archives of missionary societies such as the United Mission to Nepal, the Basel Mission and the Nurses' Missionary League, as well as many collection of missionaries' personal papers.
Mundus collections: 26
Access conditions: Researchers wishing to consult any of the archive and manuscript collections held at the Orchard Learning Resources Centre should contact the Special Collections Department at the University of Birmingham's Main Library to make an appointment. Arrangements will be made for collections to be consulted in the reading room in the Special Collections Department on the Edgbaston Campus and visitors are asked to give at least a week's notice of an intended visit in order to ensure that the material will be available for consultation. It is always advisable to contact the Library before making a visit to ensure that collections will be available for consultation. Collections may sometimes be unavailable because of cataloguing, microfilming projects or essential conservation work.

Readers wishing to consult manuscripts and archives (except staff of the University of Birmingham) should provide a letter of introduction and reference on their first visit. Readers are then registered and issued with a Special Collections Manuscript Reader card, which should be produced on every subsequent visit.

Manuscript Reader cards issued by any of the three repositories managed by University of Birmingham Information Services (the Orchard Learning Resources Centre, the Special Collections Department in the Main Library, and the Shakespeare Institute Library) are valid for consulting archives and manuscripts in all three sites.

The Special Collections Department in the Main Library provides the following facilities: coat rack and lockers for bags and personal belongings; two terminals for readers to access the Archive Online Catalogue, the Library’s Online Public Access Catalogue and the internet; toilet facilities; microfilm and microfiche readers; socket points for lap-top computers; photocopying and other reprographic services; self-service microprinting facilities available on request; separate disabled access entrance. Further details are available online.

Opening hours: Monday-Friday 09:00-17:00. Very occasionally there may be a lunch-time closure; for further information, including details of closed days, refer to the Centre's