Library of Birmingham Winter Update

Here is an update on the construction of the new Library of Birmingham showing progress from the 26 November and 1 December.

With work progressing on completing the exterior and work taking place internally the Central Library is continuing it's preparations for moving to the new building with the closure of some parts of the current Central Library from Monday 12 December on specific days of the week and a reduction in opening hours.

The closures and reduced hours are required for the massive task of sorting, cataloguing, cleaning and organising the millions of books, archives and other resources in the Central Library.

Central Library’s opening hours will be changed to 10am – 6pm from Monday to Friday (previously 9am – 8pm), while Saturday hours will stay the same with the library open between 9am and 5pm. Floors four to six will remain closed on Mondays and Tuesdays and will also be closed on Saturdays from 12 December. The Music Library on the third floor of Central Library will close on Mondays and Tuesdays. The main reference enquiry desk on the fourth floor will remain open as normal from Wednesday to Friday.

Work is also due to commence in the coming weeks on the dismantling of the Shakespeare Memorial Room, itself originally part of the Victorian library, so it can be moved and reconstructed in the new building where it will sit at the rotunda at the very top of the building.

26 November

1 December


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