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What Makes the Shakespeare Library Special

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. 
 
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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.
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 1986

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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Tommy Shelby played by Cillian Murphy in Peaky Blinders. Photo credit BBC

Peaky Blinders Exhibition

Tue 23 September 2014, 8:00am

Square pegs - Emmanuelle Brisson

Square pegs

Tue 23 September 2014, 8:00am

The Invention of Wings – Sue Monk Kidd

Meet Bestselling Writer Sue Monk Kidd

Thu 25 September 2014, 7:00pm

Benjamin Zephaniah in conversation with Steve Camden

Benjamin Zephaniah

Tue 30 September 2014, 7:00pm

Zinio - online magazines

Latest magazines - online!

Download the latest magazines in the library, at home or on the move.