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Libraries in Birmingham Birmingham’s Central Library [map] is located at Chamberlain Square, and is open to all members of the public.

If you live, work or study in Birmingham you can sign up for a library ticket that will enable you to borrow books, CDs and videos. Borrowing books free and you can borrow up to eight books, eight music CDs and three DVDs or videos at any one time.

You can keep books and talking books for up to four weeks and music CDs for up to two weeks. However, videos and DVDs have limited borrowing time ranging from two nights for the latest releases to seven nights for the rest.

Your PIN (Personal Identification Number) and ticket number will give you access to the self-service facilities on the library catalogue and on the Internet.

You can renew most items up to a maximum of three times either in person, over the phone or online. Failure to renew or return your items to the library can result in a fine unless you are less than 18 years of age.

If your card is lost or stolen you should contact the library staff as soon as possible to get a new card. There is a charge for a replacement ticket and you need to show proof of address before the card can be issued.

If you would like to suggest a book or video for borrowing you should use the Stock Suggestion facility in the library.

The opening hours of most Birmingham libraries are subject to change but many don’t open at lunchtimes or on Wednesdays. The libraries are however, open on Saturdays, which is a particularly popular day for families and people who work during the week.

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