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Library of Birmingham to be turned red, white and blue in solidarity with people of France

The Library of Birmingham is to be turned red, white and blue from 7pm Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Library of Birmingham is to be turned red, white and blue from 7pm this evening in solidarity with the people of France following yesterday's attacks in Paris.

Mark Rogers, the City council Chief Executive confirmed on Twitter that the Centenary Square building would change into the colours of the Tricolore.

Cities around the world have lit up some of their iconic buildings following the attacks that have left nearly 130 people dead.

Friends of Birmingham Library question local cuts as new Stafford library opens

Campaigners have questioned why library users in Birmingham are facing reduced opening hours and a lack of new books as Stafford celebrates the opening of a brand new library.

Bob Whitehead from the Friends of the Library of Birmingham said there was a real contrast in the experiences of library goers in the two areas.



Library goes blue for World Autism Day

If you're feeling blue today, you won't be the only one - as the landmark Library of Birmingham will be lit up with blue lights as part of a global awareness campaign for autism.

The city centre library will go blue from 5pm to mark World Autism Day.

The Library of Birmingham will be lit up in blue for World Autism Day. Credit: PA

It is one of thousands of high-profile buildings around the world to join in the event - including the Sydney Opera House, the Empire State Building and Niagara Falls.

It coincides with a new push by Birmingham City Council in conjunction with Autism West Midlands to highlight the issue of adult autism.

Bus and train advertisements will appear across the city, along with a radio advertising campaign, posters, and a new advice and guidance service.

Birmingham Library architect nominated for prestigious award

The designer of the library has been nominated for a prestigious award Credit: Katja Ogrin/EMPICS Entertainment

The architect who designed the Library of Birmingham is up for the Women in Architecture award. Dutch designer Francis Houben has been shortlisted by the Architects' Journal.

Last month the £193 million library was also voted building of the year by the publication's readers.

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