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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.

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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.

Library: 'Delighted by Architects' Journal accolade'

After being voted building of the year by readers of the Architects' Journal, the director of the Library of Birmingham said:

We are absolutely delighted with this accolade from the readers of the prestigious Architects' Journal.

This is further recognition of the success that the Library of Birmingham enjoyed since its opening in September, with over 1m visitors and worldwide acclaim."

– Brian Gambles, Director of the Library of Birmingham

Library of Birmingham voted building of the year

The public gathering outside the new Library of Birmingham on its opening day, Centenery Square on 3rd September 2013 - Birmingham Credit: PA

The Library of Birmingham has been voted building of the year by readers of the Architects' Journal.

The £188 million library opened in September and recently welcomed its one millionth visitor.

The 10-storey building was designed by Dutch architecture practice Mecanoo.

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