The Library of Birmingham provides a showcase for Birmingham's internationally important collections of archives, photography and rare books. Facilities include a state-of-the-art gallery space, opening up public access to the collections. It is also home to the BFI Mediatheque, providing free access to the National Film Archive.
Other facilities include a flexible studio theatre, an outdoor amphitheatre and other informal performance spaces and dedicated spaces for children and teenagers.
The library is next to, and physically connected with, Birmingham Repertory Theatre (The REP). Other important cultural venues are located close by, including:
- The ICC
- Symphony Hall
- Arena Birmingham (previously known as the NIA)
- Town Hall
- Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.
We received nearly 2 million visits in 2015 and were the most visited tourist attraction outside of London (based on figures from the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions).