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The Library of Birmingham Europe's largest public library and widely acclaimed for its building and public programmes is threatened as the city council looks to save money as government cuts bite. The library is planning to slash opening hours from 73 to 40 per week, cut staff numbers by 100 and will spend less on books and its activities. The Library will no longer produce exhibitions unless they are externally funded. 

This matters to photographic historians and those interested in photography as the Library houses one of the UK's national collections of photography and has produced a series of widely acclaimed historical exhibitions and worked with contemporary photographers under the leadership of Pete James. 

BPH will follow this as matters unfold. 

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