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Library of Birmingham, Birmingham

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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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  • Went in this library and it was lovely inside and out. Loved the detail of the building. It was very enormous library. Would go in here again xx  more »
  • You can motivate yourself while resting in beauty spot terrace. Inspirational indoor spaces. A place must be seen by visitors in Birmingham.  more »
  • I remember when this was being built and the distruption it had caused for a long time. When it was finally completed I didn't really go in but always went past it. When I finally went in the place wa...  more »
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  • A great place spatially in a fantastic central location. All the facilities you need from a modern library. The Shakespeare Memorial Room on the top floor is a specially nice feature, with nice views over the city. It's a crying shame that it's not opened 7 days a week and for longer hours.
  • Stunning modern architecture. Can't comment on the facilities of the library, but it's great to explore the many outdoor views and interiors.
  • Moving from Birmingham during its construction, the Library of Birmingham was a must-visit upon my return. The exterior is very unique and modern (a little boxy for my tastes), and very much like the Selfridges building, is one you're sure not to miss. Inside feels very special. Shelves upon shelves of volumes and editions of books in beautiful condition, give the impression that you're visiting a place where the great minds of The Midlands come to study, think, and indulge themselves. You can easily get lost in this building as there are many levels and floors offering different distractions and interesting things - the secret gardens and roof terraces serve up stunning views of Birmingham and places to sit quietly and ponder. Be sure to visit the top floor where you will find the Shakespeare room - a room dedicated to the great playwright himself. On the bottom floor you will find all of your entertainment needs catered for - DVDs, CDs etc. The Library of Birmingham is more than just a library. It's a tourist attraction, museum of sorts, and generally a great addition to the city of Birmingham.
  • Amazing space to read and staff that help you when you need it. Awesome, I LOVE IT
  • It was beautiful, the chairs are so comfortable, and the outside terrace view was amazing. Even the interior is far better than any library I've seen so far.