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Birmingham, West Midlands

The Library of Birmingham houses a million printed volumes, the largest number held by any public library in the UK.

Located in Birmingham’s Centenary Square, the library has a world-class collection of archives, photography and rare books. A gallery enables selected parts of the collection to be displayed through a programme of exhibitions.

The library also contains one of the world’s largest Shakespeare collections, the Parker Collection of Children’s Books and Games, and the Great Western Railways Collection.

You can also explore the Shakespeare Memorial Room, an original feature from the city’s Victorian library. The original room with its wood panelling and glass cabinets has been moved in its entirety and painstakingly restored.

An outdoor amphitheatre provides performance space for music, drama, poetry reading and storytelling. And there are two outdoor garden terraces, children’s spaces and a panoramic viewing gallery at the summit, where you can enjoy stunning views from one of the highest points in the city.

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