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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.

Escalator inside the Library of Birmingham which is facing a cull in staff and opening hours

Tories pledge to keep Library of Birmingham open all week

Alternative budget commitments from opposition city council members also claim they would scrap controversial 'garden tax'

Royal Photographic Society remains concerned over future of archives at the Library of Birmingham

Library of Birmingham photo archive 'still at risk'

Royal Photographic Society says it remains concerned for the future of the nationally recognised archive and four staff following recent budget cuts at library

Actress and writer Meera Syall

Visiting a library tops findings of city's 24-hour culture survey

The survey, carried out in October, revealed most people felt appreciating arts and culture kept their mind stimulated

Prime minister David Cameron with Birmingham Mail Editor Marc Reeves.

Cameron: Birmingham is England's second city

Prime Minister rejects claims Government is obsessed with Northern Powerhouse Manchester while Birmingham and West Midlands are neglected

The Library of Birmingham, in Centenary Square.

Library of Birmingham 'remains major draw for tourists'

The councillor overseeing culture in the city makes an impassioned response following major cuts to the city's landmark library

Paul Hill, photographed in 2004, holding one of his prints at the Central Library

Library of Birmingham: Photographer Paul Hill welcomes reprieve for image archives

Mr Hill was among a group of the Midlands’ most influential photographers who campaigned against savage cuts

Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles claims Birmingham City Council has shown a reluctance to deal with private sector

Pickles: City council's 'old fashioned' ways have damaged Library of Birmingham

Local Government Secretary says the failings of the £188 million library is symptomatic of the council's refusal to change

Lollipop warden Anne Challinor, deputy council leader Coun Ian Ward, Northfield MP Richard Burden and trade union members outside Birmingham Council House.

Birmingham City Council spin machine picks a bad day to dig up good news

Despite 1,000 job losses and savage cuts to services the budget became about the reprieve for the city's army of lollipop ladies and men

Opening hours and staffing are to be cut at the Library of Birmingham

Library of Birmingham budget cuts row turns personal

Edgbaston MP Gisela Stuart hits out at former city council leader Lord Whitby after saying he was 'saddened' by decision to slash opening hours

The Library of Birmingham, in Centenary Square.

Savage Library of Birmingham cuts confirmed

Opening hours at £188 million library will be cut from 73 to 40 hours per week

Lord Whitby has spoken out against proposed cuts to the Library of Birmingham - the project he led during his time as city council leader

Library of Birmingham cuts 'sadden' Lord Whitby

The man who led the £188m project to open the new library speaks out for first time about lasting legacy of the facility

Sir Albert Bore

Sir Albert Bore dismisses leadership challenge as he overhauls a troubled authority

Birmingham city council leader Sir Albert Bore has dismissed speculation over his future.

From left: Brian Gambles, director of the Library of Birmingham, Jason Wouhra, chairman of West Midlands IoD and John Phillips, regional director with IoD West Midlands

IoD moves to the Library of Birmingham

Business group takes tenancy as library strives to secure regular income from new tenants

A 1970s desk designed by architect John Madin for Central Library which is being auctioned on eBay

eBay sale of Central Library desks for £500 each

East Sussex eBayer is selling the items design by John Madin especially for the former library when it opened in 1974

Library of Birmingham

Library of Birmingham rally to call for halt in cuts

Friends of The Library of Birmingham have organised event to coincide with National Library Day and to campaign against proposed slashing of opening hours

The Broad Street statue in honour of Matthew Boulton, James Watt and William Murdoch

Watt and Boulton would 'turn in their graves' at Library of Birmingham cuts

Lunar Society chairman says Library of Birmingham cuts will hit both education and heritage hard

An artist's impression of the proposed new Birmingham Conservatoire in Eastside

Debate over architecture is vital - even if some of it grates

Buildings, both internally and externally, are the physical setting for our lives, and for better or worse, their design directly affects all of us.

The Library of Birmingham, in Centenary Square.

Library of Birmingham 'heading for spiral of decline', former boss claims

John Dolan OBE contacted the Post to express his fears for the future of the library amid savage cuts as the city council seeks to reduce costs

A CGI of Open Studio Architects with United Visual Artists London's proposal for changing Centenary Square

Architects' plans to transform Centenary Square revealed

Artists' impressions show architects' plans to transform one of the most central public spaces in Birmingham

Amy Seton of Birmingham Whisky Club

Food events you don't want to miss in Birmingham in 2015

From Whisky Birmingham to Good Food Show there is plenty for food lovers to enjoy in the city this year

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