Birmingham Central Library

former main public library in Birmingham, England (demolished in 2016)

Birmingham Central Library was the main public library in Birmingham, England. It closed on 29 June 2013 and was replaced with the Library of Birmingham.

Birmingham Central Library
General information
TypePublic library
Architectural styleBrutalist
LocationChamberlain Square, Birmingham, England
Coordinates52°28′49.07″N 1°54′17.17″W / 52.4802972°N 1.9047694°W / 52.4802972; -1.9047694
Construction startedApril 1969
CompletedDecember 1973
Opening12 January 1974
Closed29 June 2013
Cost4.7 million Pound sterling
OwnerBirmingham City Council
Height22.6 metres (74 ft)
Technical details
Floor count8
Floor area224,918m2
Design and construction
ArchitectJohn Madin
Architecture firmJohn Madin Design Group
Structural engineerOve Arup & Partners
Services engineerR.W. Gregory & Partners
Quantity surveyorL.C. Wakeman & Partners
Main contractorSir Robert McAlpine

It was once the largest non-national library in Europe.[1]


  1. "Birmingham Central Library". English Heritage. 2009-11-23. Retrieved 2013-11-02.

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