Birmingham Library

May 9th, 2016 / / No Comments »

Birmingham Library

Opened in 2013, Birmingham Library is a stunning new building set in the heart of Birmingham’s city centre.  Estimated to have cost over £188m to build this public library is well worth a visit.  The good news is that Birmingham Library is FREE to visit so we popped along recently to take a self-guided tour and were impressed at what we found.

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Birmingham Library

Birmingham Library

Birmingham Library;

Controversially priced at over £188 million to build, this public building offers visitors a chance to explore a unique setting located within the heart of Birmingham. Whether you’re interested in architecture, a view over the city or simply wish to make use of extensive services available, this public library is well worth a visit.

During our visit we spent a good couple of hours simply exploring the building both inside & out following the self guided tour available to download in advance, (see below for further details). From idyllic roof terraces complete with sensory gardens & views over the city to the Shakespeare Memorial Room that takes pride of place on the top level, there is plenty to see & do.

For more ideas of things to do in Birmingham check out our Guide to the Birmingham Thinktank including the interactive science garden that is free to the public from 3pm each day!


Birmingham Library book rotunda

Book Rotunda at Birmingham Library


Birmingham Library; Top Tips

Free entry; whilst donations are both welcome & appreciated this public building is FREE to visit.

Public Library; it can be easily be forgotten that this is a free public library that is open to all. Simply join up for free, (you will need some ID), and make use of this resource within.

Audio Tours; library members can take advantage of a FREE audio tour, (there is also a tour for people with a visual impairment). You can bring along ID on the day & simply join up on the day of your visit.

Building Highlights Trail; download this free Birmingham Library Walking Tour Guide that features many of the main highlights within the building.

Get Involved; from table tennis to children’s storytelling sessions to free exhibitions there is plenty to see & do within the Birmingham Library.

Top Tip; follow our Guide to Birmingham Sea Life packed with cheap ticket options and top tips to make the most of your visit to Birmingham.


Birmingham Library Roof Terrace

Roof Terrace at the Birmingham Library


Birmingham Library; Main Highlights

Book Rotunda; take the moving walkways through the Book Rotunda where the symbolism of learning juxtaposes architecture for a stunning view of the library.

Roof Terraces; enjoy the outdoor roof terraces that can be found on both level 3 & 7 of the library complete with scenic views over the city. With plenty of outdoor seating within lush surroundings, it’s a chance to take it easy in the heart of the Birmingham.

Shakespeare’s Memorial Room; this original feature from the city’s Victorian library dating back to 1882 is located on the top floor of the library. Look out for the panoramic views across the city that can can been from the Skyline Viewpoint next door too!

The Gallery; look out for a changing programme of exhibitions showcasing the Library’s collection that is also free to enter.

More information at Birmingham Library.


roof terrace at the Birmingham Library

Birmingham Library; Outdoor Roof Terrace


Birmingham Library; Top Dog’s Verdict?

Whether you’re interested architecture, iconic buildings or a simply view over Birmingham, then a visit to the Birmingham Library is well worth a trip.

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