The United Kingdom is home to more than 200 public libraries and the Library of Birmingham topped the charts after its formal opening on 3rd September. The Library of Birmingham is a public library in Birmingham, which replaced Birmingham Central Library.
This new icon of Birmingham was built at the cost of £188.8 million and houses 9 Shakespeare memorial rooms, smart training suites, meeting rooms, music practice rooms, a business incubation hub, recording studio and control room, the Gallery, amphitheatre and beatbox, garden terraces, the Foyer, a Discovery Floor and lots more.
It is the largest regional library in Europe and is also the largest public cultural space in Europe. This library was opened on 3rd September by Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot by Taliban for fighting for women’s rights and education. Malala lives in Birmingham and has also received a membership card for the archive.
The Shakespeare collection provides more than 44,000 books, DVD and magazines, it also includes posters, photos, theatre programmes, scrapbooks, illustrations and lots more. The Book Rotunda on the second floor of the library is filled with light and houses many books, which are accessible from balconies. This feature space suits informal receptions, launches and other small events with a capacity for around 120 people.
The Amphitheatre and Beatbox provides a large space for performances and the amphitheatre provides a chance of attracting the passing audience on Centenary Square. Beatbox is adjacent to the amphitheatre and holds a capacity of 30 people.
The Shakespeare memorial hall is built in an Elizabethan style with metal works, carvings, woodworks, artistic ceilings and much more. The Library’s collection includes Great Western Railway Treasures from The railway Collection, The Parker Collection, The Wingate Bett Collection, USA Postcards, The Benjamin Stone Photographic Collection, Modern Photographic collection and lots more.