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photoblog image The Library of Birmingham

The Library of Birmingham

This opened in September 2013 after costing £189 million to build. It houses some one million books. Within 12 months lack of money led the council to declare its intention to reduce the opening hours from 73 to 40 per week. They also proposed to make half the staff redundant. In 2015 they modified this and the library is now open 6 days a week but with reduced staffing in the evenings. It remains closed on a Sunday (By comparison The Hive in worcester is open 7 days a week ) The opening hours are now 11am to 7pm Monday and Tuesday and 11am to 5pm Wednesday to Saturday. The Hive by comparison is open from 8.30am to 10pm  seven days a week. 

The Library of Birmingham

This opened in September 2013 after costing £189 million to build. It houses some one million books. Within 12 months lack of money led the council to declare its intention to reduce the opening hours from 73 to 40 per week. They also proposed to make half the staff redundant. In 2015 they modified this and the library is now open 6 days a week but with reduced staffing in the evenings. It remains closed on a Sunday (By comparison The Hive in worcester is open 7 days a week ) The opening hours are now 11am to 7pm Monday and Tuesday and 11am to 5pm Wednesday to Saturday. The Hive by comparison is open from 8.30am to 10pm  seven days a week. 

comments (13)

I love this - I could stare at it...
Bill Phillips: It is an interesting building
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 5 Jul 2017, 05:23
Pathetic country aren't we, can't compete..
Bill Phillips: We have poor leadership
This really takes figuring out, Bill...which I'm still in the process of trying to do!
Bill Phillips: Imagine it as a jigsaw puzzle Ginnie
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 5 Jul 2017, 06:28
Imagine spending all that during a time of austerity!
Bill Phillips: It got the go ahead before the financial crisis. Another year and it probably would not have been built.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 5 Jul 2017, 07:12
The design is wonderful - it is a pity that the opening hours have been reduced in such a drastic way. Birmingham is the second- biggest town in England, university town, cultural centre. Evwn Münster's university library is open till 12pm seven days a week.
Bill Phillips: When the Worcester University library was at the University it also opened until midnight. Now it is part of the public library it closes at 10. This library is only a public library
C'est original, j'aime bien.
Bill Phillips: It grows on you!
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 5 Jul 2017, 07:42
Your photograph is excellent in showing off this fascinating building. Sorry about the opening and staffing issues.
Bill Phillips: It is an interesting building and it is starting to grow on me. It is supposed to be superb inside
It is essential to keep all libraries open
Bill Phillips: And that, of course, is not happening.
  • Ray
  • Not in United States
  • 5 Jul 2017, 10:11
That's a very good shot of the strangeness they have wrapped the building in, Bill.
Bill Phillips: It is most odd but I confess it has grown on me a bit
  • Anne
  • France
  • 5 Jul 2017, 12:49
C'est très beau!
Bill Phillips: Thank you Anne. It is certainly striking
I love the design very much.
Bill Phillips: I was not at all keen at first Mary but it has grown on me
i will look up what the Hive is, Bill, but meanwhile your shot/crop is rather fascinating.
Bill Phillips: It is the new library in Worcester....actually it is celebrating its fifth birthday this week
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 5 Jul 2017, 21:52
Very ornate.

I used to work in personnel management back in the early '80's, when we first started cost cutting and processing redundancies. It soon became a mantra the world over. Fifteen years later I got so tired of the annual savings race, that I changed over to IT (a secondary skill set, I kept alive over the years and made for an easy change-over).

And most of the saving race is the result of managers, refusing to plan ahead. A very expensive building with a million books. A city full of people working during opening hours - heck, not very logical to reduce staff and hours.
Bill Phillips: I once worked for a company that went through reorganisations about every 18 months or so. Staff were reduced and the MD responsible then moved on to bigger and better things within the company. I got made redundant eventually and the company is no longer there.

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