The Library of Birmingham houses a collection of one million books, more than 200 public access computers, theatres, an exhibition gallery and music rooms.
Some other features:
Its most valuable books are copies of Shakespeare's First Folio and John James Audubon's Birds of America; each item is worth between £6m and £7m.
It can hold 3,000 people.
It has nine floors; three of them are out of bounds to the public.
Closer to nature: the library has a brown roof garden with wild flower meadow.
By reading certain books you can travel back centuries, other books take you into the future. Some take you to the core of your heart and others take you into the magic world of universe.
„…the only way to global peace is reading knowledge and education.
There's no better way to explain the importance of books than to show even God chose the medium of a book to send his message to his people.”
(Malala Yousafzai, the teenager shot in the head in Pakistan by the Taliban and treated at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham and now lives in the city.)