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UCEEL help

Logging into UCEEL

  • Enter your library borrower number into the Library Card No. box.
  • Enter your borrower PIN number in the PIN No. box.
  • Click Login.
  • The UCEEL personal welcome page should now be displayed. This indicates that you are logged in.
  • To see a demonstration of how to use UCEEL click here.

Logging out of UCEEL

  • Click the Log off option in the top menu bar.

If you have problems logging in or accessing material

  • Are you using the correct Library Card No. and PIN?
  • Have you only recently joined the library or changed your user details?
    UCEEL user information is updated on a nightly basis so your details may not have been added to the system yet.
  • Are you a student registered on a Birmingham City University course or a member of staff?
    Only registered students and members of staff are entitled to login.
  • Any other problems?
    Please contact the UCEEL Team



How to search for material
From the UCEEL homepage log into UCEEL.

Using the Side Menu Option

  • Click on Search UCEEL.
  • Click on a collection.
  • Enter your details into the search form.
  • Click Search or press Enter.

Click on Clear to begin a new search.

Search Tip: Search UCEEL using keyword. Itís the easiest way to get results.


Using the Main text Options

Selecting from the list in the centre of the page.

  • Select Core or Special Collections option.
  • Click on the collection that you require.
  • Enter details into the search form.
  • Click Search or press Enter.

Click on Clear to begin a new search.

Search Tip: Search UCEEL using keyword. Itís the easiest way to get results.


Selecting My Content or Named Faculty Content

Provides you with lists of results that link directly to documents for viewing.



Viewing and printing the document from a single collection's Search Results

  • Click on the underlined title link.
  • Scroll through and read the rights statements that are displayed.
  • Select the Close button at the bottom of the text.

The document is usually previewed in Acrobat. If required, enlarge the window using the usual browser window options. You do not have to change the original display to print the paper off in A4 size.

To print

  • Press the print icon in Acrobat.
  • Choose option to print all or selected pages of the document.
  • Press OK.

Further tips on the PDF format

From the opened document
Click the Back button on your Internet browser to go back to your search results.
Use the X in the top right hand corner of the window to go back to your original search form.


System time out
There is a time out facility that operates for security purposes. The time out is activated by keyboard inactivity. All UCEEL pages will time out after 20 minutes if a key hasn't been pressed during that time. If this causes you difficulty in using the system please contact the UCEEL Team



Further tips on the PDF format

  • At the bottom of the display it tells you how many pages are in the file and which page you are currently viewing.
  • You can click the arrows in the toolbar at the top of the screen to go from page to page.
  • Click the first icon from the left with a page displayed on it to see the document in its original size. Use the third icon from the left with the page symbol displayed on it to enlarge again.
  • You can also use the magnifying glass to improve the text size on the screen. Click on this icon and then click on the area of the document you wish to enlarge.