Step into virtual world of Library of Birmingham

By on 04/07/2011 in News

This summer Birmingham's libraries are giving you the opportunity to see into the future by exploring the new Library of Birmingham through an online 3D virtual world.

Members of staff from Birmingham City Council’s Library service will be running a series of workshops at Central Library and libraries around the city showcasing the new Virtual Library of Birmingham. As well as accessing the site at libraries, you can access the Virtual Library at home by logging on to Second Life at

The Virtual Library of Birmingham is a 3D interactive model of the city's new flagship that the public can explore online by logging on to Second Life. The Virtual Library allows you to explore the new library by walking through its spaces including the central rotunda, lined with thousands of books, the Shakespeare Memorial Room, the outdoor terraces, and many more. You'll also be able to give feedback and leave comments that will help inform the ongoing detailed development of library services.

Brian Gambles, Project Director, Library of Birmingham, said:

“Thanks to Regional Improvement and Efficiency Partnership, who have provided the funding, we have been able to work with virtual world specialists Daden to develop a Virtual Library of Birmingham. This has already proved a powerful tool for the project team and staff as we develop the new library, enabling us to get a really good feel for how the spaces in the new building will work that would not otherwise be possible.

“We're now opening the doors of the Virtual Library for the public to come in, explore and share their comments and ideas, two years before the real building opens in 2013. The sessions in Central Library and Community Libraries over the summer are to introduce the public to the Virtual Library and encourage people to explore it for themselves.”

The Virtual Library of Birmingham has been built by Daden Ltd, one of the UK's leading virtual world developers. David Burden, Daden’s Managing Director said:

“We were extremely delighted to work with the Library of Birmingham on this project. The Virtual Library of Birmingham brings this groundbreaking project to life, allowing visitors, wherever they are in the world, to experience the Library of Birmingham for themselves ahead of the opening.”

Meet members of staff from Birmingham City Council's Library services and see the Virtual Library of Birmingham in action at Central Library every Friday afternoon between 8 July and 26 August from 12:00-14:00. Details of sessions at Birmingham's community libraries will be available on the Library of Birmingham website

In the months leading up to the Library of Birmingham's opening in the summer of 2013, the Virtual Library will also host events and activities, such as talks, debates, reading groups and classes.

The Virtual Library of Birmingham has been built with funding from the West Midlands Improvement and Efficiency Partnership.


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