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Shakespeare Library

The Birmingham Shakespeare Collection offers access to more than 44,000 books as well as magazines and DVDs. You will also find many treasures including photos, posters, theatre programmes, scrapbooks, illustrations as well a copy of the first folio printed in 1623. 
Enjoy our digital galleries:
Shakespeare and Love
Shakespeare and Comedy

Primrose Hill 23 April 1864

The Idealism and Belief Gallery

Founded in 1864, The Birmingham Shakespeare Library was created in an era of great civic pride. Shakespeare was the cornerstone of English Literature, festivals, birthday celebrations, pageants and clubs were held in his honour.
Shakespearian almanac 1881

Highly Valued Treasures and Exceptional Illustrated Books

The collection features many treasures including the unique Forrest Collection, Turner, Pearson, and Bennett Collections as well as a copy of the First Folio printed in 1623.
Sarah Bernhardt as Hamlet

The Shakespeare Theatrical Gallery

The comprehensive collection of Shakespeare’s production, both amateur and professional contains over 6,000 photographs, 10,000 programmes, 15,000 playbills and an enormous collection of newspaper cuttings.
The Tempest

Shakespeare Collection Gallery

Just a few of the images available in the Shakespeare Collection.
Japanese edition of Anthony and Cleopatra

Foreign Shakespeare

The Birmingham Shakespeare Library is Britain’s most important Shakespeare collection, and one of the two most important Shakespeare collections in the world.
Shakespeare Memorial Room

Shakespeare Memorial Room

Created and designed to house the Shakespeare Memorial Library by John Henry Chamberlain in 1882, a founder member of Our Shakespeare Club.
A selection of items from the Library Shop

The Shakespeare Range at the Library Shop

Inspired by our internationally significant Shakespeare Library.

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Bournbrook Road, Selly Oak (c.1950)

Stirchley Baths History Group

Thu 03 December 2015, 5:00pm

Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday 2015

Sat 05 December 2015, 11:15am

A nice cup of tea and a good read!

Christmas Quiz and Party

Wed 09 December 2015, 10:30am

Victorian Christmas card

Christmas Storytime at Sutton Coldfield Library

Fri 18 December 2015, 2:00pm

Theory Test Pro

Practise your Driving Theory Test

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