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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/11798961/Outrage-as-city-with-new-188m-library-ask-readers-for-help-buying-books.html


A council which spent £188million on a state-of-the-art new library has been criticised by readers and authors after it ran out of money and asked the public to donate books.

Libraries in Birmingham have posted notices requesting members donate their new and recently-released books, saying they would be “gratefully received”.

Birmingham City Council confirmed it had placed its own book fund on "pause", after being compelled to make “huge savings” across the board as a result of budget cuts nationwide.

A library with no books would be an interesting concept!! So after the local taxpayers have footed the bill to build it they now have to provide the books via direct donation with no cut in taxation?

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It reminds me of that Simpsons episode where the salesman sells the town a new Monorail system, but they were sold a dog and it fell apart. No doubt it would have been to expensive to repair and run. The salesman went off into the sunset with a suitcase full of money.

It won't be the last time this will happen either.....

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Nice, someone got paid a ton of money for designing that.....

Birmingham_Library_2656197k.jpg

As I've said before, it'll look alright when they take the wrapping off. :D

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I can imagine all those corporate buzzwords. The library is:

Inspirational

Inspiring

blah blah blah

expensive

waste of othe4 people money.

a library must be about knowledge...not public secto4 extravagance.

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Birmingham_Library_2656196k.jpg

I can imagine all those corporate buzzwords. The library is:

Inspirational

Inspiring

blah blah blah

They need to clear out those Mysterons first. Edited by sPinwheel

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Nice, someone got paid a ton of money for designing that.....

Birmingham_Library_2656197k.jpg

It makes a statement - The council are suckers!

Or, one of the CEO's kid is an architect.

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That wrapping is going to make the building incredibly expensive to maintain and repair. The local pigeon population must be very grateful.

Inside where is the seating to sit and read.

As for no books well that is hilarious.

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Emperors new clothes. Take off all those shitty decals and it's like every other identikit 90s onwards office building block just five ten times the price.

Looks cheap from afar and up close too, it can best be described as a WTF! when you see it in person.

Edited by longtomsilver

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So £1,200,000, say £500 per day development cost so 2,400 days or over 10 man-years development .... for a library website and another 380 days per year to maintain it ... ie two full-time people.

The whole vanity project - demolishing a perfectly good library, filling the new library with uber-expensive chairs and the million pound web costs have been a complete joke.

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You can see where the inspiration came from - how it was dreamed up.

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Quiet please - it's library.

In time it could become known as "the mattress building" (patent pending).

Edited by billybong

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That gold bit on the top makes it look a bit.... mosquey? Mosqueish? Mosque-esque?

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I had a feeling this is a repeat of the story from a few years back.

(And repeated presumably at all the shiny new buildings whether they be librarys /police stations etc that have been built over the last Labour govts)

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This reminds me of the classic 'Yes Minister' episode, where there is an empty hospital (with administrative staff) that can't afford to take patients or employ medical staff.

Edited by Errol

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what a waste of money

the previous Birmingham Central library (NOT the library of birmingham - what a stupid name for a very unpleasant looking structure) was an icon of its time

those steps were designed to sit and eat your sandwiches on when I worked in Brum

and the designed interior with those horrible circular lights, no books and no chairs/tables

the old library:

http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/local-news/gallery-goodbye-birmingham-central-library-4731792

at least at my new local Ledbury library:

comfy chairs, automated checkout/return and BOOKS in a nice traditional building.

http://www.ledburyreporter.co.uk/resources/images/4060013/

Edited by olliegog

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Old library was fine and also a more architecturally impressive/attractive building.

They would have been better off spending the money on a refurbishment.

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Should go nicely with aircraft carriers with no planes, immigration controls with no one left to enforce it, more laws for the police to enforce with no officers left to do it.....

Loony right strikes again.

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