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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.

Court Collaboration recruits Ivan Woodward as projects director

Director will oversee development of former Snobs building and 130 Colmore Row, where Lasan is setting up a new venture

Mike Whitby and the Library Of Birmingham

Shortfall of private investment in Library of Birmingham

Charitable fundraising arm for the Library of Birmingham falls £700,000 short.

Centenary Square

Birmingham’s Centenary Square to be redesigned

A competion for the public space is now being launched through the Royal  Institute of British Architects (RIBA)  and the Landscape Institute on behalf of the city council

Portrait of Marguerite Mumford (Colour tinted print) Bombay 1937 by Bert Scott, which is part of The People of India exhibition at The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum in Coventry.

Coventry's Herbert Art Gallery opens its doors to an Indian photographic exhibition

A Midland photographer has captured some fascinating images as he trekked across India in the footsteps of his late grandfather. His work forms part of a new exhibition, as Catherine Vonledebur reports

The Library of Birmingham

RIBA Stirling Prize: Library of Birmingham misses out on award

Birmingham landmark loses out to Liverpool's Everyman Theatre for prestigious RIBA accolade despite topping public vote

Malala Yousafzai during her speech while opening the Library of Birmingham

Malala Yousafzai wins Nobel Peace Prize

Teenager who now calls Birmingham home came to prominence after being shot by Taliban for education campaign in native Pakistan

Cadbury World's chocolate model of the Library of Birmingham to mark the first anniversary of it opening

Cadbury creates Library of Birmingham out of chocolate

Chocolatiers from the famous Birmingham company crafted the 80cm-tale model to mark the library's first birthday

Dagmar Winther and Kenneth Degnbol, Danish crime-writing thriller team, who are coming to Birmingham Literature Festival

Birmingham Literature Festival 2014: Birmingham Library devotes an evening to Scandi noir

Birmingham Literature Festival 2014: Dagmar Winther, one half of Danish crime-thriller-writing team Sander Jakobsen, will appear at The Library of Birmingham next week in an evening devoted to the popular genre of Scandi noir.

The steamships sign revealed by workers on the Midland Metro extension

Intriguing slice of Birmingham history revealed during Metro tram extension works

The sign has been the talk of amateur photographers and history enthusiasts keen to know more about it

Writing West Midlands chief executive Jonathan Davidson

Birmingham Literature Festival 2014: Chief executive Jonathan Davidson picks 13 events

The 2014 Birmingham Literature Festival will be the best yet, says chief executive Jonathan Davidson

From left: James Wong, managing director of Chung Ying Group, Woon Wing Yip OBE, project participant and chairman of Wing Yip Superstores and WaiLo Li, project participant and founder of Project TOM

Chinese heritage project archived at Library of Birmingham

Fifteen months of work comes to fruition with permanent archive at city library

David Austin Grey, leader of Birmingham jazz group Hansu-Tori

Birmingham jazz group Hansu-Tori to play a number of city gigs

Birmingham jazz group Hansu-Tori take its inspiration from the power of water and the flight of birds. Its leader, David Austin Grey, speaks to Peter Bacon

Leader of Birmingham City Council Sir Albert Bore

Neil Elkes: Birmingham puts party rivalry aside as it tries to fight back over wounding cuts

Birmingham Leader Sir Albert Bore told us that the total job losses at the council throughout the period of austerity would be equal to twice those lost during the 2005 Longbridge Rover collapse.

Prime Minister David Cameron during his keynote speech at the conference at the ICC in 2012

Birmingham prepares for Conservative Party Conference

Preparations for the event at the International Convention Centre from September 28 to October 1 are being finalised

Portrait of Sir Benjamin Stone

Sir Benjamin Stone exhibition gives snapshot of Brazil's history

Pioneering photographer's voyage to Brazil more than a century ago is being used as a catalyst to boost trade between the country and  Birmingham

Peaky Blinders

Peaky Blinders exhibition at Library of Birmingham ahead of second series

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Costumes from the first series, photos from the set of series two and props from the epic Birmingham-set gangster drama will be on show in the reception area

CGI of Concord House, in Holloway Head, which is to be turned in 19 apartments

Concord House developers Elevate reject councillor's 'irresponsible' jibe

Group behind Debenhams warehouse renovation defend £10m scheme following broadside from city councillor who branded it 'hideous'

The Midland Metro extension, which is being led by Balfour Beatty

Balfour Beatty completes sale of Parsons Brinckerhoff for £820m

Deal was major sticking point in merger plan between Carillion and Balfour Beatty which led to talks breaking down

The former Birmingham Municipal Savings Bank, in Broad Street, which could be the home of a new museum

Museum plans for Municipal Bank and Great Barr Hall

New vision to transform 'at risk' empty buildings into major tourist attractions

The Library of Birmingham, July 2013

2.7m visit Library of Birmingham in its first year

The number of people joining the library has leapt significantly, with a 140 per cent increase recorded

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