The massive new Library of Birmingham on Centenary Square in the city centre. It is the United Kingdom’s largest public library, Europe’s largest regional library and the largest public cultural space in Europe.
It is an impressive building with several significant collections including Britain’s most important Shakespeare collection with around 43,000 books including a copy of the First Folio and over 70 editions of separate plays printed prior to 1623. Although the library has a striking modern design, the Shakespeare Memorial Room was designed in 1882 in an Elizabethan style and relocated from its original position in Birmingham’s older Central Library that this library replaces.Birmingham’s tourist information centre is also located in the massive Library of Birmingham but you shouldn’t just come here for maps and tourist brochures, take a look around the library as well.
The impressive Library of Birmingham opened in 2013 and cost £188 million to build. It is a spectacular building set over 10 floors with a seventh-floor rooftop garden, free Wi-Fi and lots of power sockets.