It is situated on the west side of the city centre at Centenary Square, beside the Birmingham Rep (to which it connects, and with which it shares some facilities) and Baskerville House. The collaboration was funded by the British Library Trust and tested a new way of working collaborations between the British Library and public libraries in the UK. We , the undersigned , call upon Birmingham City Council to REVERSE your proposed cuts to the Library of Birmingham & our Community Libraries. The original plan was to build a new library in the emerging Eastside district,[9] which had been opened up to the city centre following the demolition of Masshouse Circus. “A city with a great library system is a city that is able to put people first in all 99 neighborhoods and 23 communities in the City of Birmingham.” Council … Adam's (2,779) 6 min $$$$ European. The £189m Library of Birmingham, which houses a collection of one million books, has opened. The Library of Birmingham is a public library in Central Birmingham, England. Its delicate filigree skin is inspired by the artisan tradition of this once industrial city. Boulton and Watt manufactured the screw engines for Brunel's SS Great Eastern and the archive includes a portfolio of 13 albumen prints by Robert Howlett documenting the construction of the Great Eastern, including a rare variant of the Brunel portrait of 1857.[40]. There are thousands of individual collections, from archives to printed manuscripts, dating from the 12th century to the present day. [25], The formal opening on 3 September 2013 was conducted by Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who survived a Taliban assassination attempt, and who now lives in Birmingham. In July 2014 a collaboration with the British Library launched the Library of Birmingham’s Business and IP Centre which offered support services for small businesses and entrepreneurs. It opened on the 3 September 2013 and cost £ 8.5 million to build. You’ll solve clues and discover top landmarks, from the Birmingham Town Hall and the Gas Street Basin to the Hall of Memory. Birmingham City Council looked into relocating the library for many years. From July 2015 until 2016, Google took over part of the first floor for training businesses in its Digital Garage initiative. Website +44 121 242 4242. For that reason architect Francine Houben has designed the Library of Birmingham to be a ‘People’s Palace’. [24] A topping out ceremony to mark the completion of the highest part of the building took place on 14 September 2011. It is situated on the west side of the city centre at Centenary Square, beside the Birmingham Rep (to which it connects, and with which it shares some facilities) and Baskerville House. Safety is our top priority. The council's intention was to create a "world class" landmark civic building in Centenary Square. Best nearby. The opening hours increased from 40 hours to 66 but still short of the original 73 hours and on Sundays, will remain closed. The previous Central Library failed for the second time to gain status as a listed building. [39] When the Library of Birmingham was built, it was again moved, to the top floor. The Business and IP Centre offers wide-ranging support, such as a weekly free Employment Law Advice clinic for small businesses, run in conjunction with Aston University. [31] From 20 April 2015 the library will open from 11 am to 7 pm Monday and Tuesday, from 11 am to 5 pm Wednesday to Saturday and close on Sundays. 4 Followers. "[19] In the first year of opening 2.7 million visitors passed through the doors of the library. Library of Birmingham 4 Centenary Square Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2ND England. In a library you are free to wander, to study & to be strong & independent. There are many masterpieces at home and abroad, and the world’s second largest collection of Shakespeare’s works. The Library of Birmingham is a public library in Birmingham, England. Capita Real estate and infrastructure was appointed to provide project and cost management services on the Library of Birmingham and The REP Theatre transformation project in December 2007. [27], At the 2014 RIBA West Midlands Awards, the Library of Birmingham was named overall West Midlands building of the year Mecanoo architect Patrick Arends won emerging architect of the year and Birmingham City Council won client of the year. Library services in Birmingham are reopening in line with national and local government guidance. The Boulton and Watt Collection is the archive of the steam engine partnership of Matthew Boulton and James Watt, dating from its formation in 1774 until the firm's closure in the 1890s. In August 2006, the Council confirmed the area between the Rep Theatre and Baskerville House as the future site for the library. Website +44 121 242 4242. In 2016 the library worked on a cultural collaboration with the British Library. 88 Other Attractions within 0.3 miles. The Birmingham Library is located in Century Square in the heart of Birmingham. A JCLC library card can be used to access many of the databases, however licensing restrictions force us to limit access to certain databases to residents of Birmingham. The Library of Birmingham is a transparent glass building. They were chosen from a list of over 100 architects. [22] Planning permission was finally granted and approved by Birmingham City Council in December 2009. 62.208.148.56 08:41, 5 September 2013 (UTC) It is situated on the west side of the city centre at Centenary Square, beside the Birmingham Rep (to which it connects, and with which it shares some facilities) and Baskerville House. It is estimated the new library cost £193 million and is seen by Birmingham City Council as a flagship project for the Redevelopment of Birmingham.' Building work, which was undertaken by Carillion,[23] commenced in January 2010, with a completion schedule for 3 September 2013. Hours In … Eighty per cent of it will not have natural light and does not meet the standards of the existing building. Library of Birmingham 4 Centenary Square Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2ND England. [20] In 2015 visitor numbers dropped to 1.8 million visits; this still made the library the 11th most popular visitor attraction in the UK and the most popular outside of London. Listen to Library of Birmingham | SoundCloud is an audio platform that lets you listen to what you love and share the sounds you create.. 6 Tracks. Books, journals, newspapers, magazines, official publications, photographs, This page was last edited on 30 November 2020, at 00:46. [32], The library has nationally and internationally significant collections, including the Boulton and Watt archives, the Bournville Village Trust Archive, the Charles Parker Archive,[33] the Parker collection of children's books,[34] the Wingate Bett transport ticket collection,[34] the Railway and Canal Historical Society Library; and the photographic archives of the Warwickshire photographic survey,[34] Sir Benjamin Stone,[35] John Blakemore[36] and Val Williams;[37] and is in the process[when?] Hotels near Library of Birmingham, Birmingham on Tripadvisor: Find 63,718 traveler reviews, 44,709 candid photos, and prices for 1,051 hotels near Library of Birmingham in Birmingham, England. Youth Department (205) 226-4003. Upon opening on 3 September 2013, it replaced Birmingham Central Library. It has been called the largest public library in the United Kingdom. In early 2016 the library extended weekday opening hours to 9 am to 9 pm after an agreement was made with the Council run Brasshouse Language Centre to occupy space in the building. The architects chosen were: Foreign Office Architects, Foster and Partners, Hopkins Architects, Mecanoo, OMA, Schmidt hammer lassen and Wilkinson Eyre.[14]. In early August 2008, Mecanoo and multi-discipline engineers, Buro Happold, were announced as the winner of the design competition. Circulation (205) 226-4001. Cold groundwater is pumped up from within the earth and used in the air conditioning system. The Council suggested that the Library be split between a new building built between the Rep Theatre and Baskerville House at Centenary Square, which until 2009 was a public car park (to house the main lending library) and a building at Millennium Point in "Eastside" (to house the archives and special collections). As part of this a project around the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare took place. "[18] Architect of the Birmingham Central Library, John Madin, criticised the building as not fit for purpose in 2011. On 17 July 2014 the Library of Birmingham was nominated as one of the six short-listed buildings for the 2014 Stirling Prize, awarded for excellence in architecture. The raised pedestrian acropolis that defines Birmingham’s civic centre has finally opened its latest addition: the new central library. 125 Restaurants within 0.3 miles. Located in the city center, the Library of Birmingham is a short walk from major city attractions, including Symphony Hall and Victoria Square. The library has more than 200 public access computers, theatres, an … If you are a resident of another country or region, please select the appropriate version of Tripadvisor for your country or region in the drop-down menu. [7] 2,414,860 million visitors came to the library in 2014 making it the 10th most popular visitor attraction in the UK.[8]. [16][17], Reaction to the planned library was generally positive. Elevators and escalators dynamically placed in the heart of the library forms connections between the eight circular spaces within the building. Although the Library is a transparent building, it maintains energy efficiency through the buffering capacity of the building mass and the atria. [28], In the June 2014 birthday honours, the library's director, Brian Gambles, was made MBE "for services to libraries".[29]. The cantilever of the library is not only a large canopy that provides shelter at the common entrance of the Library of Birmingham and the REP, but additionally forms a grand city balcony with views of the events and happenings on the square. Best nearby. [39] It houses Britain’s most important Shakespeare collection, and one of the two most important Shakespeare collections in the world; the other being held by the Folger Shakespeare Library. The specialist Shakespeare Memorial Room was designed in 1882 by John Henry Chamberlain for the first Central Library. The collection contains 43,000 books[26] including rare items such as a copy of the First Folio 1623; copies of the four earliest Folio editions;[26] over 70 editions of separate plays printed before 1709 including three "Pavier" quartos published in 1619 but falsely dated. After signing up, download the app and set off at a time that suits you best. As the new £189m Library of Birmingham prepares to open, hundreds of people have been testing the building to check it can cope with the hordes waiting to see it. The architectural design is full of modernity. Capita Symonds had been appointed as Project Managers for the Library of Birmingham. Writers will love it, and so will readers. [26] Before unveiling a plaque, she said "Let us not forget that even one book, one pen, one teacher can change the world". The Library of Birmingham situated in Centenary Square is part of Birmingham City Council’s strategic ‘Big City Plan’ for regenerating the city centre and is set to become a major cultural destination. The Brasshouse Language Centre moved into the first floor in September 2016 from their previous location on Sheepcote Street. The Library of Birmingham is a BREEAM excellent rated building and incorporates grey water systems and ground source heat pumps. Programme: BREEAM Excellent 35,000 m2 library with adult and children’s library, study centre, music library, community health centre, multimedia, archives, Shakespeare Memorial Room, offices, exhibition halls, cafes and lounge space, roof terraces, new shared auditorium (300 seats) with neighbouring REP Theatre, renovation of the REP Theatre, interior design and urban plan for Centenary Square. rotundas The Library of Birmingham is a transparent glass building. Public buses stop on nearby Broad Street. The Library of Birmingham is a public library in Birmingham, England. [11] Not long after this, the two-sites idea was scrapped and the archives and special collections will move to the site at Centenary Square. Safety is our top priority. [39] When the old building was demolished in 1974 Chamberlain's room was dismantled and later fitted into the new concrete shell of the new library complex. of acquiring that of Daniel Meadows.[38]. Work was scheduled to begin on demolishing the old library early in 2015 to make way for the redevelopment of Paradise Circus. The Library of Birmingham is a public library in Birmingham, England. [15] More detailed plans for the library were revealed by the council in conjunction with the architects at a launch event held on 2 April 2009. The library, which is estimated to have cost £188.8 million,[1] is viewed by the Birmingham City Council as a flagship project for the city's redevelopment. In December 2014 Birmingham City Council proposed reducing the opening hours of the library because of a council funding shortfall,[30] and in February 2015 confirmed opening hours will be reduced from 73 hours per week to 40 hours per week, saving £1.3 million per year on running costs and involving making redundant about half of the 188 library staff. The library uses an aquifer ground source system to reduce energy consumption. BPL consists of 18 locations throughout the city of Birmingham and is also a member of the Jefferson County Library Cooperative. The use of groundwater as a source of renewable energy lowers the library's carbon dioxide emissions. [12][13], After an international design competition, run by the Royal Institute of British Architects, a shortlist of seven architects was announced on 27 March 2008. The nearest train station, New Street, is a 15-minute walk away. 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It is in Centenary Square next to the Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Baskerville House. It has been described as the largest public library in the United Kingdom,[3] the largest public cultural space in Europe,[4][5][6] and the largest regional library in Europe. Philip Pullman said "The new Library of Birmingham sounds as if it will be lovely and should attract even more users than the present one with its impressive visitor total of 5,000 a day." [10] A library was designed by Richard Rogers on a site in the area. Upon opening on 3 September 2013, it replaced Birmingham Central Library. 'The Library of Birmingham is a new library complex in the city of Birmingham, England, in nearby Centenary Square. This is the version of our website addressed to speakers of English in the United States. 88 Other Attractions within 0.3 miles. These depict David Garrick and William Shakespeare. There are significant collections from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, a near complete collection of Collected Works, significant numbers of adaptations, anthologies and individual editions. The Library of Birmingham is a flagship project of the Birmingham City Council’s 20 year Big City Plan, focusing on the regeneration of the city. You’ll also hear ghost stories and creepy lore during your tour. Birmingham Public Library - Locations and Hours. Holiday Closures. 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The design extends the space of the street indoors. Enjoy a budget-friendly, one-of-a-kind way to explore Birmingham: this self-led smartphone game will bring the city’s spooky history to life. Then-Poet Laureate Andrew Motion said that "These plans are properly ambitious to preserve the best traditional practice, while also opening the building to new ideas about what a library should be — the heart of the community, fulfilling all manner of social needs as well as scholarly, research-based and pleasurable ones." Adult Department (205) 226-4002. The Baldwin Public Library Board of Directors is pleased to announce that it has selected a new Director for the Baldwin Public Library in Birmingham, Michigan. Upon opening on 3 September 2013, it replaced Birmingham Central Library. All databases are available in every branch of the Birmingham Public Library, unless otherwise noted. It is the new landmark of Birmingham and the largest public library in the UK and Europe. 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