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Discovery Season Retrospective

The Library of Birmingham opened in September 2013. To welcome the people of Birmingham into our new home we celebrated our opening with a season, curated by Capsule and supported by the Arts Council, under the theme of Discovery. The season saw a mindboggling range of events and experiences designed to challenge the perceptions of what a library can be and to bring the library’s world class collections to life. From exhibitions and lectures to picnics and performances. These galleries hope to give you a taste of our opening season, you can also view our digital brochure.
 

Image showing part of the Gallery during the Reference Works Exhibition

Discovery Season Gallery

The Discovery Season invited us all on a journey of discovery through the library's dynamic architecture, collections and communities.
The back of the Discovery Pavilion sitting in the foyer

The Discovery Pavilion

The pavilion hosted a rolling programme of creative residencies. Artists, filmmakers, bookmakers and a range of other creative people set up home in the Pavilion for a week, making new work and offering a variety of free activities. 
Minature books hanging delicately from the tree sculpture

Discovery Trail

The Discovery Trail was inspired by the Library’s most treasured works and collections. The trail of specially commissioned artworks was in situ throughout the Discovery Season and encouraged visitors to explore the new building.
Guitarist

Events during the Discovery Season

The season saw a mindboggling range of events and experiences designed to challenge the perceptions of what a library can be and to bring the library’s world class collections to life and its collections. This gallery gives a taste of them.
Theory Test Pro

Practise your Driving Theory Test

- in the library or at home. You just need a library card.