The official launch of the Library of Birmingham’s new express service has been marked with a ceremony featuring spoken word performances.
The express service has been created in response to demand for greater access to the library and offers book lending, reservations, returns, joining, study space, internet access and free wi-fi from 9am to 9pm on weekdays, in addition to the core hours when the full library service is available.
Birmingham’s poet laureate Adrian Blackledge, young poet laureate Serena Arthur and spoken word poet Aliyah Holder performed at the launch event, which took plaxe in the reception area at the library yesterday afternoon (March 17).
Councillor Penny Holbrook, cabinet member for learning, skills and culture, who also spoke at the event, said: “It was always our intention to extend the Library of Birmingham’s opening hours at the earliest opportunity so I am delighted that we have now been able to do this through the introduction of the express service, offering greater flexibility to people who want to borrow, reserve or return books, study or access the internet outside the core opening hours.
“The Library of Birmingham is an incredibly popular and well-used facility, was recently named the most visited attraction outside London and is a building the whole city can be proud of.”