Council loses funding for split library plan

Tessa Jowell, the Culture Secretary, has announced that Birmingham City Council has failed to win funding for it’s plan to split Central Library. The plan was to move the existing reference and archives section to a largely inaccessible derelict area at the east of Digbeth, surrounding it with rotting factory and warehouse units, and put a small lending section elsewhere in the city. This would move the reference library far from the other cultural centres in the city (Gas Hall, Water Hall, Ikon Gallery, ICC, Town Hall (when they finally finish it), NIA, Gallery and Art Gallery &c).

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