The Library of Birmingham, the largest public library in Europe, was one of six shortlisted for Public Library of the Year prize, which was announced at the IFLA World Library and Information Conference, Lyon, on Sunday 17 August. The prize is a new architectural award to promote and celebrate the library of the future, launched by the Danish Agency for Culture. The winner of this year’s inaugural Award, announced yesterday, is Craigieburn Library, Victoria, Australia.

Library of Birmingham shortlisted
Among the nominees, The Library of Birmingham was selected for its integration in the urban environment as well as the strong community element in its design. The architecture of the building, in particular its distinctive filigree cladding, recalls the industrial heritage of the city. In parallel, this project exemplifies how a library has become a cultural destination at the crossroads of social and cultural events and learning. The Library of Birmingham employed Bruynzeel’s unique Double Decker mobile shelving to ensure it could fit all its archive and lending stock into the beautiful new building. Video and images: find out more about Bruynzeel’s storage solutions for the Library of Birmingham: