“A modern, state of the art venue. Much more than just a library!”
Library of Birmingham - UK
The Library of Birmingham is a public library on the west side of Birmingham city centre that was opened in 2013. The state of the art facility was designed by Francine Houben of architecture company Mecanoo Architecten and it is home to a number of nationally and internationally significant collections, including the Boulton and Watt archives, the Bournville Village Trust Archive, the Charles Parker Archive, the Parker collection of children’s books, the Wingate Bett transport ticket collection, the Warwickshire photographic survey, the British Institute of Organ Studies archive and the Railway and Canal Historical Society Library. The Library of Birmingham is also home to Britain’s most important Shakespeare collection, and one of the two most important Shakespeare collections in the world.
The library was opened 3rd September 2013 by Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who survived a Taliban assassination attempt, who now resides in the city.
~ Lisa Thompson