Library of Birmingham Opened!

I was going to write a whole long involved post about the library opening today, but after visiting I think my  pictures say it best. I’m just going to add a few facts between photos.


The library was opened by Malala Yousafzai who completed the current library collection by adding her own copy of The Alchemist to the shelves.

The first book placed on the shelves was The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien, who came from Birmingham and who took inspiration from his Birmingham surroundings for settings in his novels.

The gold middle section of the library holds the ‘Birmingham treasures’ which contains rare and old documents. (see photo above)

The top gold section contains the Shakespeare Memorial room which is taken from the old Victorian Birmingham Library.

There are two gardens which give beautiful views of the city and have places to sit and read

The new library is the biggest public library in Europe.

The library cost £189m but was under budget (yay!)

It has caused some controversy being opened when libraries up and down the country are being closed, although only one has closed within Birmingham.

You can see more of my photos of the library on facebook

You can find out more about The Library of Birmingham on their website.


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11 responses to “Library of Birmingham Opened!

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  3. It looks stunning, what a fabulous sanctuary!


  4. It is beautiful, especially after the old concrete monstrosity we were used to.


  5. Just visited the library today. It’s a most impressive building and much nicer than the old one. Still not sure it was the best use of £189 million. But I will definitely be going again!


  6. I know what you mean, Sally. Especially when libraries all over the country are closing, but only one has closed in Birmingham as far as I can see, so maybe not so bad. The old library is horrible as well, so hopefully the new library will be worth it.


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