Library of Birmingham welcomes its millionth visitor

By on 13/12/2013 in News

Today, Friday 13 December, just 100 days after the public opening, the Library of Birmingham welcomed its millionth visitor through the doors. The celebrated visitor was Joanna Kucper with her baby, Lewis.

Joanna, who is Polish, was heading for the Children’s Library to change books with Lewis. She said: “I have visited before and was really excited to be the 1 millionth visitor; my favourite parts of the Library are the view from the top and the Children’s Library. I've been given a bag of goodies including books, a Library of Birmingham bear and tickets to see Father Christmas at the Library for Lewis.”

Brian Gambles, Director of the Library of Birmingham, said: “We're delighted to celebrate our 100th day with our millionth visitor. It is wonderful to have reached that milestone before the end of the year. We are on target to be the most-visited library in Britain by quite a large margin. Our visitors have taken part in a range of exciting events as part of the four month long Discovery Season, but have also enjoyed coming here to study, work, relax and meet up with friends.

“In the New Year, our Library of Cultures exhibition will explore different countries and cultures with photographs, artefacts and documents from our collections revealing lives and cultures around the world. There will be a rare opportunity to see one of the library's biggest and most expensive books, Audubon's Birds of America.  The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of events, examining the struggles for freedom both at home and abroad, about the fight for the right to vote, to live as we want and to follow our convictions.”

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