The building is characterised by simple but finely crafted brick patterning which embeds it culturally into the West Midlands region. The Library is a key element in the revivification of the region through widening access to higher education. Building Magazine and the Brick Development Association awarded this building their ‘Public Building of the Year’ and overall ‘Building of the Year’ prizes in December 2000. Five and a half thousand visits a day are being logged at the library entrance, nearly three times that anticipated. It seems to have changed the whole geography of learning at the University.




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