Museums and Art Galleries: Westside (Broad Street)
Library of Birmingham
Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham. B1 2ND • (0121) 242 4242
The Library of Birmingham is the city's public library located at Centenary Square. Designed by Dutch architects Mecanoo and opened in September 2013, it replaced the 1970s Central Library built in the brutalist style which many disliked immensely. The library is estimated to have cost over £188 million to build.
The Library is 31,000 square metres, making it one of the largest public libraries in the world. It is spread over ten levels of varying size and usage. The building comprises a spacious entrance and foyer with mezzanine, lower ground level with indoor terraces, four further public levels and two outdoor garden terraces. Discover the best, the rarest and the most extraordinary films and TV programmes from the British Film Institute National Archive. At the very top of the building a rotunda feature houses the Shakespeare Memorial Room.
Excellent views of the city can be seen from the outdoor garden terraces on Level 4 (by escalator) and Level 7 (by lift).
Free Entry, Light Refreshments Available, Public Toilets.
No easily accessible wifi. No smoking.
Open 11am-7pm Monday and Tuesday, 11am-5pm Wednesday to Saturday, Closed Sunday (please check the website for any late changes). Free admission.
Advance booking is not required.
Located west of the city centre on Centenary Square, off Broad Street.
Birmingham New Street railway station: 15 minutes walk.
Parking available nearby - payment required.
Library of Birmingham, Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham. B1 2ND • (0121) 242 4242
Last Updated Monday 2 March 2020
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