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Collecting  is one of the main activities of libraries and archive services.  We're going to show you some of our beautiful collections from the past. But we would also like to know what sort of things you collect.

Birmingham's 19th century Skyline


The Library of Birmingham holds a rich array of wonderful items. This gallery features some of the most valuable and unexpected treasures.
Children watch a magic lantern show

Greetings Card Galleries

Explore the range of 19th century greetings cards we hold in our Collections.
Embossed Victorian scrapbook cover


People have been displaying their collections in scrapbooks for hundreds of years.
Toronto Street Car tickets tickets

Collectors in the Library

Find out about some of the major figures who have amassed incredible collections which have been left in our safe keeping. 


A series of videos highlighting some beautiful examples of bookbinding to be found amongst the Library of Birmingham's collections.
Trade card T R Platt

Birmingham Trade Cards

A selection of trade cards from the Library of Birmingham collection.