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Consultation Results for the Library of Birmingham

A big thank you!

Archaeology day

. . . to all of you who told us what you wanted in the new Library of Birmingham.

In 2009 over 1000 adults, young people and children took part in focus groups, meetings, events, and activities to find out about the new library, and give their views. We listened hard – and we told the architects to ensure the plans were up to the standards you demanded!

Below are just 6 examples of the specifications we gave for the facilities in your new library... thanks to you! You'll find the full report at the bottom of this page.

Staff ‘help points’

Must be clearly marked, designed not to be a ‘barrier’, and on every floor.

Facilities must include

Self-service, multi-functional computing facilities throughout, a recording studio, quiet study spaces, exciting performance spaces, eating spaces on outside terraces, and plenty of comfortable seating!


Bob the Builder on the Library of Birmingham site

Must be grouped together on every public floor, and on at least one floor must have single sex adapted toilets for people with special needs, including an adult changing facility.


Must be wide enough for people to overtake.


Must be large enough for wheelchair users to have space to turn round, and must have a mirror installed to help when EMV (motorised wheelchairs) may need to reverse out.


Disabled parking must be near the building on Cambridge Street and must allow for the use of hoists.

To find out what else you’ve ensured will be in the new library, see the full report, and discover how to be involved in the next round of consultations, visit: www.birmingham.gov.uk/libraryofbirmingham

Report on Community Engagement

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