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Birmingham City Council

How to See Rare Books from the Early and Fine Printing Collection

Important Update July 2011 - At the present time access to this collection is closed to allow for preparation of stock in readiness for the move to the new Library of Birmingham in 2013.<<div class="imageright">
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There are over 8,000 early books in the collection printed before 1701, and many modern books of fine printing.

A book in the Early and Fine Printing Collection will be identified on the catalogue - on the left hand side of the entry there will be a symbol of a quill pen and the wording ‘Early and Fine Printing’.

The Library catalogue can be found at http://libcat.bham.org.uk

To see any of these books you need to make an appointment by contacting Information Services on Floor 4: either in person, by telephone 0121 303 4545, or by emailing information.services@birmingham.gov.uk

Please bring proof of your address. There is a secure reading room on Floor 6 Archives and Heritage where you will read the book that you have requested.

This is room is open on:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday 10am- 5pm and Thursdays 10am-8pm.