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Library of Birmingham
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General information
Type Public library
Architectural style
  • Postmodern
  • High-Tech
Location Centenary Square
Address Broad Street
Town or city Birmingham
Country United Kingdom
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Elevation 144 m (472 ft) AOD
Construction started 7 January 2010
Completed April 2013
Opened 3 September 2013; 7 years ago (2013-09-03)
Cost £188.8 million
Client Birmingham City Council
Owner Birmingham City Council
Height 60 metres (200 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 10 (OG) 1 (UG)
Floor area 20,798m2 (plus 6,804m2 shared with the REP)
Design and construction
Architect Francine Houben
Architecture firm Mecanoo architecten
Structural engineer Buro Happold
Services engineer Buro Happold/Capita
Civil engineer Buro Happold
Main contractor
  • Carillion
  • Capita Symonds (Project Managers)
Awards and prizes
  • Architects' Journal Building of the Year 2013
  • RIBA West Midlands Regional Awards Building of the Year 2014
  • 2014 Stirling Prize (nominee)
Library of Birmingham
Collection
Items collected Books, journals, newspapers, magazines, official publications, photographs, BFI Mediatheque, sound and music recordings, maps, postage stamps, prints, drawings, manuscripts and media.
Size 800,000 (Books)
Access and use
Circulation 316,000 (2014)
Other information
Budget £8.5 million (2015-16)
Director Brian Gambles
Staff 100 (2015)

The Library of Birmingham is a public library in Central Birmingham, England. It is in Centenary Square next to the Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Baskerville House. It opened on the 3 September 2013 and cost £8.5 million to build. It has been called the largest public library in the United Kingdom.


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