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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.


Roly Keating; Councillor Penny Holbrook; David Potts; Tom Epps.

New exhibition launched celebrating the achievements of William Shakespeare

Marking the 400th anniversary of the poet and playwright’s death, Our Shakespeare launched at the Library of Birmingham and will run until September 3

Speakers - Geoff Cousins, Geoff Cousins Associates; Philip Singleton, Andrew Guy, PGC; Marianne Skelcher, Skelcher Associates; Ken Olisa, IoD

Institute of Directors launches new professional development course

The Institute of Directors launched its new professional development course at the Library of Birmingham

Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla

Birmingham Post Power 250: Culture

The ten people listed as the most influential in the West Midlands from the world of culture

Shakespeare's Life and Legacy touch table map

New digital Shakespeare map launches at Library of Birmingham

The Shakespeare's Life and Legacy touch table map allows visitors to explore the life and work of the famous writer and his contemporaries

The Library of Birmingham has struggled to attract funding, according to trustees

Council cuts to the Library of Birmingham destroyed other income

Trustees claim Birmingham City Council cuts made it impossible to attract more private funding into the Library of Birmingham after its charity arm was axed

In October came the news that Waterstones in New Street would be transformed into an Apple store

Review of 2015 - October: New Apple store, Mailbox re-opens and city's most expensive flat

Tech giant Apple was strongly rumoured to be planning a move into Waterstones' shop in New Street, a new-look Mailbox finally opened in October and Birmingham's most expensive flat sold for £1.8m

CGI of a planned mosque extension which was unveiled during August

Review of 2015 - August: Prosperous Birmingham, mosque extension and Grand Central retailers

August saw new research proclaim Birmingham as the fourth most prosperous city in the country, plans were unveiled for a £7.5m extension to a city mosque and the final batch of lettings at Grand Central were announced a month ahead of opening

Production of Land Rover's Defender was extended in July

Review of 2015 - July: Land Rover Defender, Christopher Wray regen and Google's boost for library

Land Rover revealed this month it would continue production of its Defender into 2016, a new future was unveiled for some of Birmingham's oldest houses and tech giant Google offered a helping hand to the beleaguered Library of Birmingham

Plans for the NatWest Tower's replacement were lodged in June

Review of 2015 - June: NatWest Tower, Eastside regen and Centenary Square redesign

New plans were lodged for the NatWest Tower's replacement in Colmore Row, images showed how the Eastside Locks scheme would look and the winner was unveiled for the redesign of Centenary Square

Central Library and the Paradise project dominated headlines in January and throughout 2015

Review of 2015 - January: New student flats, start of £500m Paradise scheme and lifeline for Library of Birmingham

Our Review of the Year kicks off with the first of many stories in 2015 about new accommodation developments for students, the start of Paradise Circus work and a possible shot in the arm for the library

Library of Birmingham has endured a turbulent year

Birmingham libraries should be 're-imagined' to survive

New city council leader offers stark warning over the future of city's library service if it is to survive further trimming of local government budgets

Library of Birmingham to open 12 hours a day from February

The library will open from 9am to 9pm, Monday to Friday, from February 1 with new self-service options offered up

Paul Fulford, Tom Cullen, Alev Dervish and Tom Carroll at Connolly's Wines tasting event at the Library of Birmingham

Connolly's wine tasting event at the Library of Birmingham hailed a success

Scores of wines from around the world were served at Connolly's Wine Merchants' annual winter tasting event.

Clockwise from top left: Councillors John Clancy, Ian Ward, Mike Leddy, Barry Henley and Penny Holbrook

Birmingham City Council needs all the friends it can get says Labour leadership contender

Coun Penny Holbrook hits back at rival's 'novice' claim and says she would welcome the support of colleagues and the wider city in running the council

A new Shakespeare touch table will be installed at the Library of Birmingham

Shakespeare's world brought to Library of Birmingham

New touch table will have an interactive map and is being installed as part of 400th anniversary commemorations of Bard's death

Penny Holbrook

City cabinet member for culture to stand for council leadership

Penny Hobrook is fifth Labour councillor to come forward to replace Sir Albert Bore as leader of Birmingham City Council

Birmingham city centre as seen from the press box at Warwickshire Cricket Club.

Birmingham named City of the Year in prestigious property awards

Estates Gazette and MIPIM UK Awards also hand City Leader of the Year gong to Sir Albert Bore - a week after he was forced to stand down

Library of Birmingham was the most visited free attraction in the West Midlands during 2014

Record number of visitors to Birmingham brings £500m boost

New data released today shows that three million more people came to the city last year compared with 2013

Eastside City Park, Birmingham.

Birmingham's missing park

Although Birmingham is famous for its parks and open spaces it has never had an attraction in its own right, a magnet for those visitors from home and abroad craved by the city’s hoteliers and restauranteurs.

The Library of Birmingham will undergo a £2.1m facelift

Library of Birmingham to undergo £2m conversion

Facelift for landmark Birmingham building two years after it opened to accommodate Brasshouse Language Centre

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