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Library of Birmingham
Ranked #18 of 300 things to do in Birmingham
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed 10 August 2014

We had heard Francine Houben, the Dutch architect of this building, at a talk in London, so thought we'd check out the Library in Birmingham in passing. So glad we did. It's a superb building a delight from the outside, but super-special inside. It welcomes you and sucks you right up the spectacular central escalators. And so much to do and see and refer to. There are so many people really using the library in a respectful but intense way. And roof gardens with superb city views. The delightful Victorian Shakespeare Library on top, up the glass elevator. And really helpful staff who tried so hard to answer our unusual reference questions!!

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Reviewed 10 August 2014

Never been in a library like this before. Amazing architecture. Incredible views from the top. Well worth a visit.

Thank Sandra H
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Reviewed 9 August 2014

New clashes with old this building certainly stands out in it's design, in one of the better area's of Birmingham away from the beggers, peddlers and preachers that spoil the city centre.

Thank Charmron
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

Absolutely love the design of our new library both inside and out. We went when it first opened so it was absolutely crammed but have been a few times since. Lots of see and do in there and think the childrens department is wonderful, lots of big bean bags scattered around and fun chairs to sit in, One of the rooms I liked the best is where all the old maps of Birmingham are kept it was fun to find where we live on maps over a 100 years old. I also totally love the outside gardens and the fantastic view of the whole city from up there. If you go round the back at the very top you can see all the way to the Clent Hills in Worcestershire on a clear day. Thought the cafe was a bit pricey but if you walk through the Convention Centre you'll come to where the canals are at Brindley Place where there are many bars and restaurants to chose from.

Thank Marelle2013
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

Well worth a visit. The outside is quite splendid and a great piece of modern architecture. Inside it is equally breathtaking and interesting. Great views from the upper rooms, the Shakespeare Memorial room and the overall layout made for a very pleasant hour. I could easily have spent the whole morning browsing. Oh yes - and it's free. Highly recommended.

Thank Simon P
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