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Library of Birmingham, Birmingham

Categories: Libraries, Traveler Resources
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The Library of Birmingham is a public library in Birmingham, England. It is situated on the west side of the city centre at Centenary Square, beside the Birmingham Rep (to which it connects, and with which it shares some facilities) and Baskerville House. Upon opening on 3 September 2013, it replaced Birmingham Central Library. The library, which is estimated to have cost £188.8 million, is viewed by the Birmingham City Council as a flagship project for the city's redevelopment. It has been described as the largest public library in the United Kingdom, the largest public cultural space in Europe, and the largest regional library in Europe. 2,414,860 million visitors came to the library in 2014 making it the 10th most popular visitor attraction in the UK.HistoryBackgroundBirmingham City Council looked into relocating the library for many years. The original plan was to build a new library in the emerging Eastside district, which had been opened up to the city centre following the demolition of Masshouse Circus. A library was designed by Richard Rogers on a site in the area. However, for financial reasons and reservations about the location this plan was shelved. The Council suggested that the Library be split between a new building built between the Rep Theatre and Baskerville House at Centenary Square, which until 2009 was a public car park (to house the main lending library) and a building at Millennium Point in "Eastside" (to house the archives and special collections).
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  • This building is just as interesting on the inside as it is outside; great viewing area at the top too. A trip to the Edwardian Tea room was a pleasant surprise, the décor and seating have been very w...  read more »
  • It doesn't look or feel like a library. The outside looks like a giant christmas present. There are some good views over Birmingham 
  • I've been here at least 3 times now. I can't give an opinion on the books because I've gone to have a look at the building but I know there's touch screen search tables and there's areas away from the...  read more »
  • Really beautiful & unique architecture. Good for kids to learn new things and explore. Lift system needs improving. Good view of Birmingham from top floor.
  • Really good place for a day out. Wonderful place to spend with family and friends or even enjoy a great view of the city. Staff are lovely, but opening hours are ridiculous. It's a library not a takeaway shop. Please improve!
  • Really lovely library. So many different floors. Great atmosphere and really good natural lightening. If you need a bit of fresh air there's a big balcony or even The Secret Garden's which have wonderful views of the surrounding Birmingham Scenery. Staff members were also very nice and helpful. Only probably is the timings not very suitable for a student who wishes to do long hours of revision.
  • This library as far as the architecture is concerned is one of the best libraries I've ever seen. It was jaw dropping amazing place to be...we went to the kids section and the staff was very friendly. I wanted an audio book for my child, the PC's were all taken....we explored each and every floor, it was stunning and inviting...the lounge area where you can gang up with your friends and watch documentaries with your headsets on is pretty innovative...the Shakespear's Memorial is pretty remarkable a place to visit...the best of all is the view from the secret garden :-) The unique colour combination of lights, furniture, books and ambiance makes it a must visit place ! As far as the collection of books and timings of the library are concerned I'm afraid I not the right person to comment, which ideally is the most important purpose of a library.
  • Navigating the museum is literally a visual feast. All of the intricate details really do make it a fantastic place to visit. From the secret garden, to the great glass elevator, it brings some of the magical feeling back to visiting the library.
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