When planning your visit, please be aware that Paradise Circus is currently undergoing major renovation works which may affect your journey. You can find out more information on the Paradise Birmingham website.
Train: the Library is about 10-15 minutes walk from New Street Station and 15-20 minutes from Snow Hill Station. Moor Street and Five Ways are further away but still within walking distance. For more information call National Rail on 08457 11 41 41. If you are using a text phone, dial 18001 first to activate Typetalk.
Bus: Many bus services stop close to the Library on Broad Street including: 1, 9, 10, 22, 23, 24, 29, 29A, 120, 126, 127, 128, 129, 140, 141. For journey planning please call Network West Midlands on 0871 200 22 33 (Bus and Metro only). Lines are open Monday to Saturday 7.30am to 8pm and on Sunday 10am to 6pm.
Cycle: there are plenty of cycle racks in front of the Library on Centenary Square. For information on cycle routes in the city, visit sustrans.org.uk or birmingham.gov.uk.
Car: Birmingham is easily reached via the M5, M6, M40 and M42. Follow signs to Birmingham City Centre and the ICC. From the South-West (M5), leave the motorway at Junction 3, follow the A456 towards the city centre. From the South (M40), South-East (M6) East (M69), or North-East (M42) follow the M6 to Junction 6, then the A38 towards the City Centre. From the North-West (M6) or West (M54) follow the M6 either to Junction 7 then the A34 towards Birmingham City Centre.
Parking: there is no parking available at the Library – public car parks can be found nearby at Cambridge Street and the NIA.
Disabled parking: there are two bays for Blue Badge holders on Cambridge Street directly behind the Library on The REP side. Access to the front entrance is along the covered walkway on the east side of the Library leading onto Centenary Square. Further bays are available in the Paradise Circus multi-storey car park on Cambridge Street.
Taxis: There is a taxi rank across the road outside the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Broad Street.
Facilities and Access
The Library of Birmingham is designed to be highly accessible to all. Getting around the building is easy, with a step-free entrance and lifts to all floors, in addition to ramps, escalators, travelators and stairs.
Toilets are available on every floor.
Toilets for people who are disabled
These are marked on the floor plans, which indicate whether the toilet is positioned for transfer from wheelchair to seat from the left or the right.
A Changing Places facility is available on the lower ground floor.
Parent and baby
Parent and baby rooms with changing and feeding facilities are available on the lower ground floor. Changing facilities are also available on level 3. The Library is breast feeding-friendly throughout. Comfortable seating is available on every floor in the lounge areas.
Prams and buggies
Prams and buggies can be parked in the designated area on the ground floor. Please note that for the safety of your child and others, we do not allow prams and buggies on the escalators or travelators.
For their safety, children should be accompanied by a parent or carer whilst in the building, including in the Children’s Library.
WiFi is available throughout the building. This is free to use, with access to additional resources for Library members.
Induction loops to amplify speech for people with hearing aids are fitted at all staffed information desks in the building and in the Studio Theatre. If requested in advance, we can also provide induction loops in our meeting rooms.
Eating and Drinking
The Library Café on the ground floor serves a range of quality eat-in and takeaway food made from British ingredients, simply prepared and changing seasonally. Extra seating is available on the mezzanine level, overlooking Centenary Square. The Discovery Café on floor 3 is also open during peak times, with a selection of freshly prepared deli sandwiches and hot and cold beverages.
You are welcome to bring your own refreshments into the Library, but we ask you please only to consume these in the Lounge areas on each floor. Vending machines for cold drinks and snacks are also available in the Lounge areas.
Please use the recycling bins provided for your rubbish. This helps us to keep the Library clean and tidy for the comfort of all our visitors.
Smoking- Please note that the Library of Birmingham has a no smoking policy within the building. This includes the Discovery Terrace on level 3 and the Secret Garden on level 7. E-cigarettes are also subject to this policy and we do not permit the use of these by customers.
The Library Shop on the ground floor offers a range of quality, unique gifts and souvenirs of your visit to the Library of Birmingham and the city, at prices to suit all pockets.
Look out for our programme of events, exhibitions and activities. Details of what’s on at the Library of Birmingham and how to book are available by clicking on What's Happening above and in the Library.
The Gallery on level 3 is the venue for an exciting programme of exhibitions showcasing the Library's archive, heritage and photography collections, plus visiting exhibitions.
The BOX is open 10am - 8pm Monday to Saturday (10am -5.30pm when there is no evening performance) for booking and collecting tickets for Library events and shows at The REP.
Library Rooms and Spaces for Hire
We have a varied range of meeting and event spaces available for hire, from the 300-seat Studio Theatre and meeting rooms to the historic Shakespeare Memorial Room. Click on the link for everything you need to know about Venue Hire.
The Green Library
The Library of Birmingham has an important role to play in cutting carbon emissions in the city and the building has been designed to minimise the impact on the environment.
Environmentally friendly features include the use of low carbon technology for heating and cooling, low energy lighting and water conservation systems.
The Library recycles all used materials including paper and plastic – please use the special bins provided.
The two elevated garden terraces – the Discovery Terrace on level 3 and The Secret Garden on level 7 – provide green spaces in the heart of the city. They are planted with a variety of species to provide colour and interest throughout the year. This includes fruit, vegetables and herbs on the Discovery Terrace to provide a focal point for learning about where food comes from and encouraging ‘grow your own.’
The brown roof is covered in rubble from the construction of the Library and provides new habitat for wildlife.
The Library of Birmingham was awarded BREEAM ‘Excellent’ status in 2013. BREEAM is the national standard against which the environmental sustainability of new buildings is measured.