On Wednesday of this week I had the pleasure of being invited to visit the very modern new £188M Birmingham Library, which opens next Tuesday. Along with several other Birmingham bloggers, Tom Epps, the Exhibition Manger, took our group on the full tour of the nine floors of the library.
When I arrived to have to have a proper look at this building which has circular wire framing around the whole of the building, which is intended to highlight Birmingham’s famous jewellery industry, at the pinnacle of the building is a gold turret top. I was unsure whether I liked it, perhaps it was too modern for my liking; however, the more I looked at it the more I started to like it.
The library has nine floors, with the ninth housing the Shakespeare Memorial Room housed in the gold turret top, the library has archive and heritage, a gallery, an amphitheatre, meeting rooms, readers services/book rotunda and business and learning rooms, and of course not forgetting the 400,000 books.
Amphitheatre (left) Shakespeare Memorial Room (right)
From the opening day on the 3rd September there is a full programme in the Discover book up till the 15th December, with many events free.