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Explore with us some of the wonderful collections held by the Library of Birmingham.

First World War Avery Lady IM

The First World War

Collections and galleries relating to how the First World War was experienced by the people of Birmingham.
2001 production of The Comedy of Errors

Shakespeare and Comedy

Foolish, crafty, practical jokers and hypocrites, Shakespeare's comic characters give us an understanding of the world through the medium of laughter.
Discovery Season

Discovery Season Retrospective

The Library of Birmingham opened in September 2013. To welcome the people of Birmingham into our new home we celebrated with a season of events.
Fashion plate, 1860

R. Crompton Rhodes Collection of Fashion Plates 1771-1901

Newly digitised collection! Tracing trends in European fashion across 125 years.

What Makes the Shakespeare Library Special

Birmingham has one of the world's best collections of works by and about Shakespeare. 
Josiah Mason Orphanage

The Warwickshire Photographic Survey

Find out more about the works of the photographers who have captured Birmingham and its suburbs since 1890.
Anstey College 1920s

About Anstey College

Anstey College of Physical Training was founded by Rhoda Anstey in 1897. It was only the second women's physical training college in the country.
A girl holding a bird

The Parker Collection

The Parker Collection of Children's Books and Games contains examples dating from 1538 to the present day.
Kings Heath to Moseley Third Class Train Ticket

The Wingate Bett Collection

The Wingate Bett Transport Ticket Collection.  Over 1 million tickets including railway, bus, airline and ski lift tickets. 
Holiday Haunts 1947

Great Western Railway Treasures from The Railway Collection

A  selection of  GWR ephemera, including tickets, timetables, maps and holiday guides from our Railway Collection.  
San Francisco Trolley

USA Postcards

This collection of postcards brings back the “golden age” of the United States railways.
portrait of Charles Parker, programme for Grey Cock Folk Club and Eric Fraser illustration

Charles Parker and his archive

Charles Parker (1919-1980) was a BBC documentary radio producer, and a writer, singer, actor and founder member of the theatre company Banner Theatre.
Colmore Row

The Benjamin Stone Photographic Collection

The Sir Benjamin Stone Collection, housed in the Archives and Heritage collection, was presented by Stone's trustees to the Library in 1921.
Eva's Parting Words Song Sheet

Song Sheets and Silent Movie Scores

Browse the gallery and download some of the song sheets and silent movie scores.
Cabinet card portrait of George Dawson 1821 - 1876

The Birmingham Portrait Collection

A collection of portraits of notable people dating between c1860-1930.
Blakemore 6

Modern Photographic Collections

The Modern Photographic Collections include work by photographers Paul Hill and John Blakemore.
Audubon's image of a Spoonbill

Library of Cultures Online Gallery

The Library of Cultures exhibition in 2014 showcased some of the highlights from the collections held at the Library of Birmingham.
Detail from a game from the Parker Collection of Games

Archival, Heritage Research Area and Special Collections

A quick reference list for more information about our collections currently featured on this website.