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Library Of Birmingham

The Library of Birmingham in Centenary Square opened in September 2013 and was a £188m replacement for the city’s 1970s-built Central Library which was closed in July 2013. The new building was designed by Dutch architecture firm Mecanoo and seen as a flagship project in Birmingham’s regeneration. It is the largest public library in the UK and the largest public cultural space in Europe.

The Library Of Birmingham won three categories at the 2014 RIBA West Midlands Awards

Library of Birmingham sweeps board at RIBA Awards

City's landmark £188 million library named region's top building alongside two other category wins

Martin Allsopp

Tough times ahead for the legal sector

Members of the public are already suffering from the cuts to legal aid and from March 20 will feel the effects of cuts to criminal legal aid.

Professor Alice Roberts launches the British Science Festival 2014, in Birmingham.

University of Birmingham professor launches city science festival

Alice Roberts joins 'Nao' the robot to showcase upcoming festival at Library of Birmingham

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Planning at heart of Library of Birmingham problems rather than safety rules says HSE chief

The Post revealed last week that thousands of books at the flagship £190 million library could not be accessed six months after it opened because it has not bought equipment to reach high shelves in the reference “stack” area.

City welcomes Commonwealth leaders as part of international training course

The visits featured some of the city’s key organisations including University Hospital, the Library of Birmingham, Millennium Point and Thinktank and Aston University

Library director Brian Gambles responds to claims staff can't access research material

'We have welcomed more than 1.7 million visitors to the Library of Birmingham since opening. It is a relatively very small number of people who ask for items from the stack storage'

Library director Brian Gambles in the Shakespeare Memorial Room

Library of Birmingham: Thousands of books can't be reached by librarians

Staff unable to access reference books on high shelves in the archives due to health and safety concerns

The Lion King at the Hippodrome

Record-breaking year at Birmingham Hippodrome with ticket sales up 23%

Increase driven by a season of ‘blockbuster productions’ including Phantom of the Opera, The Lion King, War Horse and Snow White – its biggest Christmas pantomime for a decade

Ed McKeon is curator of the Frontiers Festival 2014 and will be bringing weird and wonderful uses of sound to Birmingham

Challenging sounds from both sides of the pond

Extraordinary Music from downtown New York and Birmingham is being celebrated in a major new festival for the ears. Graham Young reports

Dame Jacqueline Wilson with actress Phoebe Thomas, who will be playing Hetty Feather in the stage adaptation of the book

Dame Jacqueline Wilson battles ill health to write her 100th book

Bestselling children's author Dame Jacqueline Wilson tells Roz Laws about battling ill health to write her 100th book.

Cllr Mike Leddy, Lord Mayor of Birmingham; Jeff Lynne and Jasper Carrott, at the Library of Birmingham for Jeff Lynne's Broad Street Walk of Stars ceremony.

Stars turn out for ELO founder

ELO founder and frontman Jeff Lynne was awarded a star on the Broad Street Walk of Stars at a ceremony at the Library of Birmingham.

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Library of Birmingham going green for St Patrick's celebrations

Library to host a number of Irish-themed events at the weekend

Sarah Bernhardt dueling with Pierre Magnier as Laertes. She is filmed for Phono-Cinema-Théâtre in 1900

Festival to explore life and death

The University of Birmingham's second Arts & Science Festival is set to begin next week. And the parallel Flatpack Film Festival will showcase some long-lost films. Graham Young reports

Chris Brown and Jilly Cosgrove of Barques PR with Nicola Shipley of GRAIN

GRAIN Photography Hub takes on Barques PR to help raise its profile

Barques PR, based in the Jewellery Quarter has won a 12-month contract to provide PR support for GRAIN Photography Hub, which is based at the Library of Birmingham

Willoughby "Gus" Gullachsen updated

Tributes paid after photographer Willoughby Gullachsen dies

Willoughby Gullachsen, who has died aged 92, spent more than 70 years as a renowned photographer – in the process capturing 189 productions for the Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Alpha Tower as it looks today

Alpha Tower set for investment after £14m sale

The 196,000 sq ft tower has been bought by the Anglo Scandinavian Estates Group, which will now invest £9 million in a major refurbishment

Dr Ellen McAdam is the new director of Birmingham Museums Trust.

Birmingham needs to be loud and proud about what it has to offer

As the new director of the Birmingham Museums Trust, Dr Ellen McAdam is hoping to expand locally and internationally. The nononsense Scotswoman tells Graham Young of her vision to bring the city's myriad attractions into the hearts and minds of all.

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West Midlands' top construction projects compete for RICS awards

The Park Side Building (BCU), the Flint Mill, Birmingham LGBT Health & Wellbeing Centre, Wyre Forest Crematorium and the Library of Birmingham make up some of the projects competing across the region.

Playwright Nick Hennegan

Birmingham play PALS in line for West End run

The bitter-sweet coming of age drama, PALS, penned by a city playwright Nick Hennegan, was first staged in the Billesley pub in Kings Heath in May 1998 by the Maverick Theatre Company

Christmas celebrations in Centenary Square, as seen from the Library of Birmingham

Birmingham needs to be a great place to live, not just visit

It was a significant year for Birmingham. But it wasn’t the reputational leap forward it could have been. 

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