Book Review: Library Story: a history of Birmingham Central Library

Author: Alan Clawley (2015) Reviewed by Mike Fox Published in December 2015, the same month that demolition work started on Birmingham Central Library, Library Story charts the 42 year lifespan and ultimate demise of the city’s most iconic postwar building. In particular it is an account of the 16 year campaign to save it from destruction. Opened in 1974, Birmingham Central Library was a bold building by the architect John Madin. Aesthetically striking and at the time the largest municipal library building in Europe, it spoke of a new era, of a forward looking, civic minded Birmingham, with learning, arts, … Continue reading Book Review: Library Story: a history of Birmingham Central Library