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Old March 27th, 2012, 01:07 PM   #1
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BIRMINGHAM | NEW LIBRARY | U/C

Europe's Largest Public Library.

Cost: £188m
Architect: Mecanno




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Old March 27th, 2012, 01:44 PM   #2
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There would be a lot of books.
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It's already finished right? Why open a thread then? Or is it still under construction?
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Nope. It's still U/C - It will open to the public Tuesday, 3rd September 2013. Another 16 months left to go.

The new £188.8 million Library of Birmingham will open to the public on Tuesday 3rd September 2013. The announcement has also launched a competition to nominate the first book to be placed on its shelves.

Carillion, principal contractor for the project, will hand over the building to Birmingham City Council in April 2013 after which work begins on installing and testing all the IT, catering and technical systems and on the staff training programme. Specialist move contractor Nexus will begin the mammoth task of transferring over 1.5 million books and 24 kilometres of shelves of precious archive and heritage collections. It is estimated that 1,100 crates of books - a total of 66,000 crates - will be brought into the new Library every day for three months. Placed end to end, the Library's books would stretch from Birmingham to Edinburgh

Central Library houses the city's internationally important 6,000 or more archive collections, two million photographic stills, more than 150,000 items of music, and rare books. Over 8,000 of the Library's rare books were printed before 1700 and include a Shakespeare First Folio, Audubon's 'Birds of America', one of the world's largest books, and three perfect copies of Cordiale or the Four Last Thinges printed in 1479 by William Caxton.
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