Birmingham's Central Library has been named the second most popular in England.

It pulled in just under 1.5 million visitors and was only beaten by The Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library, which retained first place with just over 1.5 million visits in 2007.

CIPFA director Julian Mund said: "This survey illustrates clearly the major role libraries still play in the cultural life of our towns and cities.

"Whether they are used for borrowing books, films and music, doing research or using the internet, libraries are at the heart of our communities and need to be given the strongest support."