Library of birmingham

History of Library of birmingham at Birmingham

It replaced the Birmingham Central Library which was the city's main library from 1974 to 2013. There was a long fight to prevent the municipality from demolishing this library, deemed brutalist. But nothing helped: it was destroyed and replaced by the new library, whose appearance is not to everyone's taste. It has the shape of a step pyramid and is entirely covered with a grid from the first floor. She is connected to the nearby Rep theater, which allows her to also play the role of cultural center. The interior is more aesthetic: a large central hall is surrounded by floors with rooms that contain the books. The building plays its role as a library and has a record attendance, but it is mostly a prestigious building wanted by the municipality to surprise with its innovative aspect. The library owns the Shakespeare Memorial Room, built in 1882, disassembled and restored in the 1974 library, and then disassembled and restored in the new library: the room contains 43,000 books including rare books. The library also has interesting technical archives about Watt and Boulton.

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