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Birmingham City University is committed to the development of UCEEL, a digital library for the University. There are many definitions of a digital library but the following statement best illustrates the one being developed here at Birmingham City University:

"A digital library system provides a means of integrating text, image, audio and video resources. These resources can then be delivered across a network to authorised users wherever they are located, whenever they need them."

Existing UCEEL Collections
Core Collections
The main collections currently hosted by the digital library are:

  •  Exam Papers
  •  Journal Articles
  •  Book Extracts
  •  Student Projects
  •  Video
  •  Public Sculpture

Special Collections

  •  Contemporary Jewellery

Birmingham City University received a capital allocation from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) of £1,062,000 over three years (2000 to 2002) for the purchase of hardware and software to establish a digital library. Funding for the appointment of Digital Library Project staff was secured using revenue allocation from the Library Services' central budget. The latter also covered areas like copyright fees, training costs, consultancy, travel expenses, consumables etc.

The initial project phase was successfully implemented and in March 2001 Birmingham City University Electronic Library (UCEEL), the new name for the digital library, was launched. Since then UCEEL has grown exponentially. New content is constantly added. The UCEEL team has also expanded to better support the burgeoning demand for digitised material and the continuing development and new functionality of the system itself.

The continuing commitment of Library & Learning Resources and CICT to UCEEL is integral to its sustained development and success in supporting learning, teaching and research across the University.