Library of Birmingham

public library in Birmingham, England

The Library of Birmingham is a public library in Central Birmingham, England. It is in Centenary Square next to the Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Baskerville House. It opened on the 3 September 2013 and cost £8.5 million to build. It has been called the largest public library in the United Kingdom.[3]

Library of Birmingham
General information
TypePublic library
Architectural style
LocationCentenary Square
AddressBroad Street
Town or cityBirmingham
CountryUnited Kingdom
Coordinates52°28′47″N 1°54′30″W / 52.47972°N 1.90833°W / 52.47972; -1.90833
Elevation144 m (472 ft) AOD
Construction started7 January 2010
CompletedApril 2013
Opened3 September 2013; 10 years ago (2013-09-03)
Cost£188.8 million[1]
ClientBirmingham City Council
OwnerBirmingham City Council
Height60 metres (200 ft)[2]
Technical details
Floor count10 (OG) 1 (UG)
Floor area20,798m2 (plus 6,804m2 shared with the REP)
Design and construction
ArchitectFrancine Houben
Architecture firmMecanoo architecten
Structural engineerBuro Happold
Services engineerBuro Happold/Capita
Civil engineerBuro Happold
Main contractor
Awards and prizes
Items collectedBooks, journals, newspapers, magazines, official publications, photographs, BFI Mediatheque, sound and music recordings, maps, postage stamps, prints, drawings, manuscripts and media.
Size800,000 (Books)
Access and use
Circulation316,000 (2014)
Other information
Budget£8.5 million (2015-16)
DirectorBrian Gambles
Staff100 (2015) Edit this at Wikidata


  1. "Library of Birmingham: Official opening of £189m building", BBC News, 2 September 2013, retrieved 3 September 2013
  2. "Topping out ceremony takes place at Library of Birmingham", Birmingham Post, retrieved 15 September 2011[permanent dead link]
  3. "Linder and Prater Complete on New Birmingham Library". SpecFinish. Leamington Spa. 21 March 2014. Retrieved 21 March 2014.