Opened on 3 September 2013 by Malala Yousafzai, the Birmingham-based Pakistani schoolgirl who survived a Taliban assassination attempt, the Library of Birmingham is estimated to have cost in excess of £188million and is the largest regional library in Europe. Situated in Centenary Square, next to the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, the library houses a number of nationally and internationally significant collections, and also features the Shakespeare Memorial Room, which was designed by John Henry Chamberlain in 1882. Multiple performance spaces, rooftop terraces and a large glass-topped central book rotunda are among the library’s other attractions. The eleven-storey building, which has been likened in look to a giant wedding cake, is encased in over five thousand interlocking metal circles.

Library Of Birmingham,

Centenary Square,

B1 2EA