£189m Library of B'ham opens

The £189m new Library of Birmingham has opened to the public for the first time. It took 800 people to build and boasts around a million books, a new amphitheatre and two roof gardens.

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Inside the rotunda of Birmingham's new library

Photographs show how the rotunda of the new city library will look to the tens of thousands of people expected to visit every day.

Hundreds of thousands of books are stored in the rotunda of the new library Credit: Christian Richters

One million physical books will be available at the library, with most of them stored in the building's rotunda.

If laid end to end, the line of books would reach from Birmingham to Edinburgh.

Natural light pours in through the top Credit: Christian Richters
Looking up: the view of the rotunda from below Credit: Christian Richters

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