Scheduled maintenance

Due to scheduled maintenance our Council tax and Benefit claim systems will be unavailable between 7pm and 11pm tonight, Wednesday 26 February 2020. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Size

The Library is 31,000 square metres, making it one of the largest public libraries in the world. The construction project included modern new back-of-house facilities for The REP, and in total the development comprises 35,000 square metres.

It is spread over 10 levels of varying size and usage. The building comprises a spacious entrance and foyer with mezzanine, lower ground level with indoor terraces, four further public levels and two outdoor garden terraces, a 'golden box' of secure archive storage occupying two levels, provision for staff offices and service plant on a further two levels and at the very top of the building a rotunda feature housing the Shakespeare Memorial Room.

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