Members of Library of Birmingham staff, council representatives and Carillion employees gathered in the dramatic rotunda which will house the five-storey book wall.
The rotunda, at the very heart of the library, features a series of cantilevered circular balconies each providing access to a different part of the shelves that comprise the book wall.
Escalators zigzag across the space, providing stunning views throughout the library and access for all to over 400,000 books, more than double the amount currently on show at Central Library.
The Hobbit has become the first book to be placed on the shelves of the Library of Birmingham.
The book, J.R.R. Tolkien’s much-loved 1937 children’s fantasy tale, was placed on the shelf by Sir Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council, to mark the imminent handover of the building by Carillion, the Library of Birmingham’s construction partner, to Birmingham City Council.
The new Library of Birmingham will be officially handed over from the builders to the council today.
Leader of Birmingham City Council Sir Albert Bore will place the first book inside the £190 million building.
It's going to be Birmingham author JRR Tolkein's The Hobbit. The library will open to the public in September.
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Birmingham City Council will not increase council tax this year despite it still needing to save a hundred million pounds of government cuts.
The council says it'll start charging to collect garden waste. People will have to pay £35 a year to have their garden rubbish collected.
The council says the cuts are too harsh and the government hasn't listened.
Birmingham City Council says it's freezing council tax this year.
But it says in future, people will have to pay to have their garden waste collected.
The council needs to save £100 million because of budget cuts.
A spokesperson from the Health and Care Professions Council has issued this comment in relation to the investigation of Birmingham City Council's social services department following the death of mother-of-three Natasha Trevis.
We are aware of concerns about a social worker at Birmingham City Council
and are looking into what action, if any, we need to take. We have a duty
of confidentiality to all parties involved so it would not be appropriate
for us to comment further.
The Health & Care Professions Council is investigating Birmingham City Council's social services department after claims a social worker let slip a mother had aborted her unborn child days before her partner brutally murdered her.
Junior Saleem Oakes was sentenced to life on Monday for the murder of Natasha Trevis.
A Birmingham City Council spokesperson said:
"We are aware of this allegation and can confirm internal enquiries were undertaken in accordance with Birmingham City Council's policies and procedures. Following this investigation no evidence was found which would require further action against the social worker involved. "In addition the Health Care Professions Council, as the regulatory body for Social Workers, has been notified and we are engaging with their subsequent enquiries. Consequently it would not be appropriate to comment further until those enquiries are completed. "
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