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Aug 29, 2013

Library Of Brimingham - Europe's Largest Public Library

* Library of Birmingham is due to officially open on September 3 after taking more than three years to build
* Construction work started on the building in January 2010 and it has cost a total of £189million
* It has been designed by architect Francine Houben; the exterior's interlacing rings reflect city's canals and tunnels

It has taken more than three years and cost £189million to build, but Europe's biggest library is due to open in a matter of days in Birmingham.

The new Library of Birmingham, which was designed to replace the Birmingham Central Library, will officially open on September 3.

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It was designed by architect Francine Houben who has described the building as a 'people's palace'. Construction on the building started in January 2010 and was completed in April this year.

The library's futuristic exterior of interlacing rings aims to reflect the city's canals and tunnels.
Along with the lending library, the building's ten floors will house the city's internationally important collections of archives, photography and rare books.

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New facilities, meanwhile, such as a state-of-the-art gallery will allow the public to access the collections for the first time.

The library will also feature a new flexible studio theatre, an outdoor amphitheatre and a recording studio.

In April, JRR Tolkein's The Hobbit became the first book to be placed on the shelves of the library to mark its handover from construction partner Carillion to Birmingham City Council.

In the months leading up to the event, staff at Birmingham's Central Library had been working to prepare the city’s millions of books, music, archive and heritage resources, photographic images and rare books for the move. 

The city’s internationally-important archives and collections will be housed in a climatically controlled 'golden box' of secure archive storages.

These include one of the world’s largest Shakespeare collections, the Parker Collection of Children’s Books and Games, the Early and Fine Printing Collection, the Boulton & Watt archive and the Photography Collection - one of only nine national collections and the only to be housed within a public library.

The library will also be home to a BFI Mediatheque, providing free access to the National Film Archive.  

More than three million visitors are expected at the library each year, along with millions more online.
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