Library of Birmingham

  • June 2019

The Library of Birmingham is a remarkable landmark building located very centrally in Centenary Square, the city´s largest public square. With its 31 000 square meters it is one of the biggest public libraries in Europe. The interior has features which remind you of some other well-known libraries. The rotunda resembles The Stockholm City Library, the escalators lead thoughts to The Black Diamond in Copenhagen and the big hall with bookshelves to Malmö City Library. The children and youth sections are gloomy without any soft elements. There are not many comfortable and cosy seats for adults. The book collection is comprehensive and includes many special collections. The number of books in foreign languages is limited like the physical collection of journals and newspapers. The rooftop rotunda houses a Shakespeare memorial room, designed in 1882. There are two garden terraces which offer the possibility of a view over the city. The opening hours are quite limited and this popular library is closed on Sundays. FOUR stars: Very good.