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IMPORTANT CHANGES AND UPDATES
The new Library of Birmingham opens!
The new Library of Birmingham opened on Tuesday 3 September 2013.
The opening hours are
Please visit the Library of Birmingham website for details about the new building. We are also busy transferring most information about library services including Community Libraries to the new Library of Birmingham website. Visit the new website for all up to date information on events and activities. Please bear with us while we continue with this process.
New Loan Period - 21 Days
From Wednesday 28 November 2012 Birmingham libraries will begin trialling a 21 day loan period for books. This trial will last for 12 months after which we will review the trial and seek your views.
Please e-mail your comments on any aspect of the library service to firstname.lastname@example.org
New Website for the Library of Birmingham
Our fantastic new website is now live at libraryofbirmingham.com.
Online Library Catalogue
The online catalogue is available from this webpage - Birmingham Library Catalogue.
Your Digital LibraryDigital Library
You can use many online reference books without even coming to the library, as long as you have a library membership card. Click on this link to see what's available outside libraries - www.birmingham.gov.uk/websitesathome
This is now operating in most Birmingham libraries.There's no more queuing for computers, but please remember to bring your library card number and PIN to book a session.
We are pleased to announce that our Downloadable eBooks service is available for members of Birmingham Library and Archive Services. Details of the Downloadable eBooks.
New ! Audiobooks included now.
This service is available for library members. Download talking books for your PC, iPod or MP3 player at any time. Please follow this link for further details - Downloadable eAudiobooks
Online Language Learning
Our Online Language Learning service is for all library members. Just set up your account on a library computer, then access it anywhere.
Ancestry is available FREE on computers in Birmingham Libraries. Trace your family history using records from England, Wales and Scotland censuses 1841 to 1911, UK parish and probate records and now incorporating the complete General Register Office index of births, marriages and deaths in England and Wales from 1837.
Now includes British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index cards 1914 - 1920
New addition National Index of Wills and Letters of Administration (Probate Calendar) from 1861 to 1941. Find out how much your ancestors left in their will and to whom.
Websites to help you with the Driving Theory Test and Life in the UK and British Citizenship tests are now available to library members both on library computers and computers outside libraries. Follow this link - Driving Theory Test and Go Citizen.
Midlands Historical Data
This project is making digital copies of rare books, maps, photographs and documents about the West Midlands for viewing online. It's free to use on computers in Birmingham Libraries. The site has Birmingham electoral registers for 1912/13, 1918 (absent voters list), 1920, 1925, 1930/31 and 1935/36 - fully searchable by name - which makes it a useful source for family history research.