The Library of Birmingham on Centenary Square was opened in 2013 and replaced the Birmingham Central Library which used to sit on Chamberlain Square. Although the old library wasn’t a nice looking building (see link above for photo), I don’t consider the new one that nice to look at either. The new Library was designed by Dutch architects Mecanoo and built by the Council’s construction partner Midlands-based Carillion. The interconnecting circles on the front of the building…well depending on who you listen too either have something to do with the canals, (more canals than Venice supposedly), or something to do with the long history of the jewellery quarter.
The library is big and spacious, with a cafe, plenty of clean toilets, lifts and escalators to all floors. The ten floors home the lending library, the city’s internationally important collections of archives, photography, rare books and an outdoor amphitheatre. There are two roof terrace gardens which give fantastic views across Birmingham and beyond, on the top floor the enclosed Skyline room and the Shakespeare Memorial room can be found.