Borrowers And Lenders

Clare Jenkins meets the borrowers and lenders of BIRMINGHAM Central Library, home to one of Europe's largest book collections and treasured by its thousands of daily visitors.

She talks to the security guard who nips away to read during his tea break, the elderly reader who devours a thriller a day, and the academic who loves books so much that he wonders why God doesn't let him carry on studying when he dies.

It's a library that has survived flood and fire, and houses as many stories of its own as other people's.

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Clare Jenkins meets the borrowers and lenders of BIRMINGHAM Central Library, home to one of Europe's largest book collections and treasured by its thousands of daily visitors.

She talks to the security guard who nips away to read during his tea break, the elderly reader who devours a thriller a day, and the academic who loves books so much that he wonders why God doesn't let him carry on studying when he dies.

It's a library that has survived flood and fire, and houses as many stories of its own as other people's.

2004052220040730

Clare Jenkins meets the borrowers and lenders of BIRMINGHAM Central Library, home to one of Europe's largest book collections and treasured by its thousands of daily visitors.

She talks to the security guard who nips away to read during his tea break, the elderly reader who devours a thriller a day, and the academic who loves books so much that he wonders why God doesn't let him carry on studying when he dies.

It's a library that has survived flood and fire, and houses as many stories of its own as other people's.