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Birmingham library: New images to mark year of work
Concept view of rotunda
A central rotunda will house book shelves

If you pass through Centenary Square in Birmingham, you'll see work progressing on the city's new library.

It's been nearly a year since work started and to mark the anniversary, images have been released that give a first look inside the building.

The leader of Birmingham City Council, Cllr Mike Whitby, said the project was running "on time and with savings in the budget".

The new library will be opening its doors in 2013.

Central rotunda

The newly-released images give a concept view of the central rotunda which is being built inside the library.

It will feature a wall of books across several floors.

Open-air amphitheatre
There'll be a new open-air amphitheatre

Designed by architects Mecanoo, the library will have a number of floors, outdoor garden terraces and an outdoor amphitheatre.

There'll be a teenage zone for young people and a contemplation room for prayer and quiet thought.


Cllr Mike Whitby said: "I helped start the building work at the Library of Birmingham in January (2010) amid weather conditions not dissimilar to those we have seen recently, and it's remarkable how much progress has been made since then.

"Construction milestones in the next year will include the topping-out of the concrete frame, the installation of glazing and the application of the distinctive frieze."

"I'm confident that the public will be delighted with the results as this world-class building continues to take shape," he added.

Developers say that more than three million visitors are expected to use the the library each year with millions more accessing its resources online.

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