Life in Birmingham

The spectacular and modern Library of Birmingham has been recognised as a national top 10 attraction after achieving more than 2.4 million visits by the public in a year.

It holds the city's internationally recognised collections of archives, photography and rare books, and features a William Shakespeare Memorial Room on its top floor.

New facilities include gallery spaces to view these collections, and BFI Mediatheque, which provides free access to the National Film Archive.

Located at Centenary Square, one of the city’s most important public open spaces, providing excellent public transport links and a major pedestrian route linking the city’s major attractions


Other facilities include a new flexible studio theatre, an outdoor amphitheatre and other performance space, a recording studio, dedicated spaces for young people, and roof terraces offering stunning views across the city.

Described by its architect Francine Houben as a 'people's palace’, it welcomes more than 2.4 million visitors each year, and millions more online.

The Library also delivers excellent services through its collaboration with The Birmingham Repertory Theatre and local, national and international communities.

It offers a year-round mix of events, activities and performance, along with expert advice and support to aid learning, information-sharing and cultural development.