Birmingham City Council

David Cameron Puts Trust in Library

David Cameron with Mike Whitby and Brian Gambles

The Prime Minister, David Cameron, joined Leader of Birmingham City Council, Mike Whitby and Brian Gambles, Assistant Director, Culture at the Library of Birmingham site on 4 October to review progress on the landmark project and reveal plans to create a Library of Birmingham Development Trust.

During a tour of the development site, Mr Cameron learnt how the Library will be the most modern and significant centre for culture and learning in the UK, with services designed directly with the public’s needs in mind.

With cutting edge and user friendly cultural, social and educational facilities on offer the Library will play a key role in empowering the citizens of Birmingham and beyond to help shape the ‘Big Society’ of the UK’s future.

The creation of the Library of Birmingham Development Trust, an independent charity, will raise funds to complement Birmingham City Council’s investment in the project which will be home to some of the world’s most important archive and photographic collections. Its trustees will be drawn from leaders of the community who have a commitment to cultural services.

Mike Whitby said, “We are close to announcing the formal creation of The Library of Birmingham Trust which will be a channel for encouraging enhanced communication between the communities served by the Library on a local, national and international basis.

“Its establishment will be a forum for community input to library services, volunteering and partnership with other organisations such as universities, businesses and cultural agencies.

“Birmingham is proud to be leading the way in the provision of library services through the Trust, enabling greater financial resources than would be available through statutory funding alone. It is a dramatic example of the UK Government’s Big Society vision and will be rooted in and led by the community, working in partnership with us to ensure world class resources.

The Library of Birmingham Trust will support and enhance the annual investment by Birmingham City Council in services, programmes and capital development through philanthropy, commercial income and social enterprise.”

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