Library of Birmingham – The Power House of Research

The Iron Room

Launched just ten weeks ago and already having welcomed half a million visitors, the Library of Birmingham is rightly proud of its services.  Much popular attention has focused on the distinctive architecture, the visitor experience offered by the terraces, Shakespeare Memorial Room and the ‘added value’ services: Gallery, Mediatheque and much, much more.

The Library (LoB) is also providing access to its world class collections for research.  Such research can take many forms and is available to our entire range of visitors, from first time users of all ages to experienced investigators following structured academic or professional research programmes.  I could highlight any number of collections which may be consulted, but taking my cue from LoB’s ‘Rings of Steel’, I will concentrate on our industrial collections.

The ‘Rings of Steel’ on the Library’s façade provide an iconic brand for LoB.  They derive from and represent Birmingham’s proud industrial heritage, which…

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