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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.

Gallery: New Nicklin Unseen images as nostalgic exhibition begins

Brumpic founder David Oram calls for greater recognition of Birmingham photographer as exhibition kicks off in business district

Vanley Burke's work sums up a whole era of Birmingham's history

The exhibition of work by Vanley Burke, branded the 'Godfather of Black British Photography', contains images which have been described as summing up a whole era of Birmingham's history

Gas Street Wharf and the Worcester Canal looking towards the site now occupied by The Cube and The Mailbox - July 1, 1961

Classic Nicklin Unseen images of Birmingham to go on display in city

Phyllis Nicklin's images will be displayed in the city’s business quarter after a Heritage Lottery Fund Sharing Heritage grant was secured

The Library of Birmingham has been the subject of more negative headlines in recent weeks

Literacy campaigner hits out at cuts to Birmingham's library service

Quality 'under threat' after council stops buying books in favour of public donations in latest bid to mitigate against budget cuts following decision to slash opening hours and reduce staffing

Birmingham Library Service has been criticised for deciding not to buy anymore new books

Authors condemn latest Library of Birmingham debacle

City council confirms there is no budget to buy new books and newspapers so is now appealing for public to donate unwanted items to Birmingham's libraries

People march up New Street and into Victoria Square in Birmingham city centre protesting about staff and opening hour cut backs at The Library of Birmingham.

Culture chief: Key deals vital to future of Library of Birmingham

Birmingham's culture chief has said key deals with Google and the Brasshouse Language Centre are crucial to keeping the Library of Birmingham's doors open

The tourist information office at the Library of Birmingham has closed

Library of Birmingham tourist information office closes

Latest blow to library as online services and social media have become the preferred service for people visiting the city

Library of Birmingham

Library of Birmingham's Google inspired revival shows how partnerships can save services

Deals with Google and Brasshouse show council can overcome cuts with partners says library chief Penny Holbrook

Deal to keep Library of Birmingham open until 9pm gets cautious welcome

Commentators welcome extended opening hours, after major cutbacks, but others fear the library service is being diluted after shake-up

The Amphitheatre at the Library of Birmingham

A 2007 vision for library finally starting to take shape

Local government correspondent Neil Elkes remembers a vision for the new library from eight years ago which is only now starting to bear fruit

New opening hours have been announced by the Library of Birmingham

New opening hours for Library of Birmingham

Brasshouse Language Centre will also relocate from Sheepcote Street as battle to bring library into wider use continues

The Google Digital Garage in the Library of Birmingham

Welcome Google... The Library of Birmingham needs a new story

Technology giant Google is opening up a new operation at the £189 million Library of Birmingham

The Google Digital Garage in the Library of Birmingham exclusive

Google offers boost to troubled Library of Birmingham

Digital training base will help soothe pain of cuts to staff and hours as council tries to mitigate against major budget cuts

Photo exhibition captures life in Balsall Heath in 1968

Ghost Streets Of Balsall Heath pictures by Janet Mendelsohn go on display at Old Print Works

British Library joins Library of Birmingham for cultural partnership

Special project will mark the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare with initiative designed to help support the cash-strapped library

Centenary Square redesign winner revealed

Concept by Edinburgh practice Graeme Massie Architects picked from five finalists to create new public realm in front of the Library of Birmingham

Birmingham 'should lower expectations' as cuts continue to bite

City council presents bleak picture and warns of further cuts next year as authority bids to lower demand for its services

Crowds explore the Library of Birmingham when it opened in 2013 since when opening times have been cut by 33 hours

Library of Birmingham rally to call longer opening hours

Friends of the Library of Birmingham will march on Saturday in protest to recent council cuts which have seen the opening hours reduced by 33 hours

'A tour de force for Birmingham' - Clive Dutton who has died aged 62Clive Dutton

Former Birmingham regeneration chief Clive Dutton dies

Tributes paid to man who worked on Library of Birmingham development and 2012 Olympic legacy project

House Purchase document for Birmingham Municipal Bank

Hidden Spaces: The story of Britain's first Municipal Savings Bank

The building was designed by Thomas Cecil Howitt, the architect of the nearby and equally grand Baskerville House

In This Week's Paper


Graeme Brown
Editor (Agenda and Business)
Enda Mullen
Business Reporter
Tamlyn Jones
Business Reporter
Neil Elkes
Local Government Correspondent
Emma McKinney
Education Correspondent
Ben Hurst
News Editor
Jonathan Walker
Political Editor