Library of Birmingham

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Library of Birmingham

The Library of Birmingham is a public library in Birmingham, England. It’s located on the west side of the city at Centenary square, next to Birmingham Rep and Baskerville house. Opened on the third of September 2013, it changed Birmingham significant Library.

The library, that is anticipated to have cost of £188.8 million, is considered by the Birmingham city Council as a flagship project for the town’s redevelopment. it has been described as the biggest public library in the United Kingdom, the biggest public cultural space in Europe, and the largest nearby library in Europe.

2,414,860 million site visited the library in 2014 making it the 10th most popular attraction within the United Kingdom.

Library of Birmingham beat the British Library for the 10th place, which only got 1.6 Million visitors.


Site Total Visits
The British Museum 6,695,213
The National Gallery 6,416,724
Southbank Centre 6,255,799
Tate Modern 5,785,427
Natural History Museum 5,388,295
Science Museum 3,356,072
V&A South Kensington 3,180,450
Tower Of London 3,075,950
Somerset House 2,463,201
Library of Birmingham 2,414,860


Designed by Dutch architects Mecanoo, the Library has converted the town’s library services and come to be a major cultural destination, housing Birmingham’s international-magnificence collections of files, pictures and uncommon books as well as one million published volumes, the most important wide variety held by any public library within the United Kingdom. of those, over four hundred thousand books are to be had at the Library’s public floors.

At 31,000 sq. metres it’s far around 20% large than the antique central Library.

Within the Library you can find 200 public access computers, exhibition gallery, music rooms and also theatres.

Library of Birmingham

A ‘golden container’ of secure archive storage occupies levels 5 and 6 of the building and includes the metropolis’s the world over crucial archive, heritage and photographic collections. at the same time as the Library’s treasured collections are kept safe on this protecting surroundings, way to an ongoing program of digitisation they have been spread out to the public on line and thru digital improvements initiatives the usage of new technology.

Above the golden container, site visitors can discover the Shakespeare Memorial Room, an original characteristic from the town’s Victorian library. The Victorian room with its wooden paneling and glass shelves has been moved in its entirety and painstakingly restored. even though the Library’s Shakespeare collection outgrew the room within the early 20th century, the collection continues to be housed in the Library.

Library of Birmingham replaced the John Madin’s Central Library which opened in 1974, was meant to clad in marble, this structure has since been destroyed and currently being replaced in to a massive new area, as part of the redevelopment of Birmingham.

The Library of Birmingham has been blanketed in a hard and fast of new special Stamps issued through Royal Mail that remember 10 iconic buildings inside the uk.

The Library of Birmingham has been included in a set of new Special Stamps issued by Royal Mail that celebrate 10 iconic buildings in the UK.

The Royal Mail has a set of new Special Stamps to Celebrate the 10 most Iconic Buildings in the United Kingdom, The Library of Birmingham has been featured in the new special Stamps (2017).

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Architects’ Journal Building of the Year 2013
RIBA West Midlands Regional Awards Building of the Year 2014
2014 Stirling Prize (nominee)


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Monday: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Tuesday: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Wednesday: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday: Closed



Address: Centenary Square, Broad St, Birmingham B1 2ND

Coordinates: 52°28′47″N 1°54′30″W