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Build your own Library of Birmingham - Come and try the new Library of Birmingham game

Birmingham City Council is calling on the city's residents to come and test the prototype of a new gaming experience designed for the Library of Birmingham. On Saturday 28 July, visitors to Birmingham Central Library will be able to play a new game designed to allow users to discover many of the new and unexpected features of the new library.

In the game, users will create their own library, learning more about the collections, and selecting everything inside the building, from the furniture to the staff! The public's comments will be used to help shape the game, which will be produced to coincide with the opening of the new £188.8 million Library of Birmingham in September 2013, subject to approval and funding. The game will be designed for smartphones and other mobile technology. London-based game developer Preloaded, a BAFTA award winning games studio, has collaborated on the game, the first project of its kind for a public library.

Brian Gambles, Project Director for the Library of Birmingham, said: "We want to get as many people as possible to try out the game and tell us what they think. We hope that they will find it an exciting way to find out more about the new library and its services and that we will be able to develop it further based on their comments.

"This gaming experience is just one of the ways that the Library of Birmingham hopes to be able to engage a wide range of people and reflects the library's intention to be a library for the twenty first century."

The game will be available to try in the foyer of Birmingham Central Library throughout the day on Saturday 28 July.

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