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Library of Birmingham: Reference Works

Much has been written between the pages of BPH of the National Media Museum's new Media Space within London's Science Museum.

But brewing in the background in the West Midlands is a building that will transform the skyline of Birmingham. It is the  revamped Library of Birmingham scheduled to reopen its doors to the public on Tuesday 3rd September 2013. It will showcase the institution's archives, rare books and photographs and will include a gallery space and a BFI Mediatheque, providing free access to the National Film Archive. The Library has been designed by Francine Houben. 

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.

Today the Library of Birmingham publicly launched Reference Works: a major photography commission in which four leading photographers will make visual responses to the current Central Library building and to the build, transition and relocation to the new Library of Birmingham. You can read the article in their blog here.

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