The Library of Birmingham is a major cultural destination, rewriting the book for 21st century public libraries.
The Library of Birmingham provides a showcase for the city's internationally important collections of archives, photography and rare books. New facilities including state-of-the-art gallery space, opening up public access to the collections for the first time. It is also home to a BFI Mediatheque, providing free access to the National Film Archive.
Other facilities include a new flexible studio theatre, an outdoor amphitheatre and other informal performance spaces, a recording studio, and dedicated spaces for children and teenagers. By harnessing new technology, everyone from Birmingham to Beijing, Bangalore and beyond can access the Library of Birmingham's world-class resources. More than three million visitors are expected each year, and millions more online.
Described by its architect Francine Houben as a 'people's palace', the Library of Birmingham is highly accessible and family-friendly. It delivers excellent services through collaboration between the library, The Birmingham Repertory Theatre, partners and communities. It also provides a dynamic mix of events, activities and performance together with outstanding resources, exhibitions and access to expert help for learning, information and culture.