Library of Birmingham January 2013 Update

Following my previous post in December, Library of Birmingham progress in photos, there are now less than nine months until the new library opens on 3 September 2013.  With the new library only months from opening the current Central Library will be winding down as it prepares to move books to the new library.  The Central Library will shut entirely at 5pm on the 29 June 2013 with the library currently closed from Floor 3 upwards.

Central Library is now closed from Floor 3 upwards.
Opening Hours (Ground, 1st and 2nd Floors):
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10am - 6pm
Wednesday 10am - 8pm
Saturday 9am - 5pm
Please note that Centre for the Child and Business & Learning are now closed.

The following updates from December and January, reproduced from, show progress on the new library building.

The following pictures show the library from 19 January 2013, taken from The Cube.

The lights on in the new library on 17 January 2013 showing the arches inside.

18 January 2013

In December 2012 it was announced that the Library of Birmingham receives £162k grant from the Arts Council to develop Grain - a Regional Photography Hub.   The funding is to undertake a two year project to create a new strategic hub and network for photographers.

The project will be called Grain. This is the largest Grants for the Arts Award given to photography in the region.Key elements of the project will include researching, developing and delivering new, ambitious high quality opportunities to strengthen photography in the region, providing sustainability and promoting the sector nationally and internationally.

The funding should further enhance the important role the new library will place on photography, particularly highlighting it's internationally important collection of photographs designated as part of the National Collections of Photography,

Its scale is staggering, amounting to an estimated three million items spanning original prints, negatives, lantern slides, albums and books illustrated with original photographs, plus books and periodicals on photography.
It ranges from the mid-Victorian period to the present day, having been expanded by numerous commissions in recent years.


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