How we use Cookies

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.

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

A screen grab from a Seven Capital video about Birmingham

Seven Capital creates video on why Birmingham is the place to invest

Seven Capital, which is building a host of new apartments across the city centre, drafted in the likes of Lord Digby Jones and Stacey Barnfield for the film

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

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