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Facts about Birmingham Library Service

Facts about Birmingham Library Service

Interesting facts and figures about Birmingham Libraries




How many members of Birmingham Libraries are there ?

There are currently over 500,000 people who are members of our libraries and 221,724 members are actively using their tickets.

How many people visit Birmingham Libraries each year?

Over 4 million people visit Birmingham Libraries each year.

How many books are issued in Birmingham each year?

Almost 5 million books are issued each year and if you include videos, CDs and talking books, that's another 500,000!

How many books are there in all of Birmingham's Libraries?

At the last count there were 2,752,770

Birmingham Central Library has over 5 million items in its wide and varying collections. Approximately a quarter of this material is stored where you can see it on the shelves when you walk around the building. Each floor has its own book store where the rest of the material is kept. Take a look behind the scenes in the book store.

Some interesting books . . . from the Central Library's Collections

 


The largest book in the Central Library is ....

Birds of America, 1827 - 1838, 99.06cm x 66.04cm unopened, by John James Audubon.

The smallest book in the Central Library is ....

The Bijou Series, a set of miniature books printed about 1850; 2.54 cm (1 inch high)

The oldest book in the Central Library is ....

Catholicon
by Joannes Balbus, Printed in Augsberg, Germany by Guntherus Zainer 1469

The heaviest book in the Central Library is ....

Investigations and Studies in Jade
; the Heber R. Bishop Collection, two volumes, 1906. The two volumes weigh 125Ibs.

The oldest book printed in England in Central Library is ...

Cordiale or Four Last Thinges Printed
by William Caxton 1479.

The oldest manuscript in the Central Library is ....

Condition of a grant from Leouca, Lady of Elleford (Ellford, Staffs) to the monks at Mirau (Merevale, Warks) of the mill of Elford about 1140 A.D.


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Behind the scenes in the book store