Birmingham and midland institute

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The birmingham and midland institute

BMI founded 1854 (incorporating the Birmingham Library, founded 1779, since 1955)

  • Library and other services open to members only

  • Membership subscription details on application


The Institute was constituted by Act of Parliament of 3rd July July 1854 for the 'diffusion and advancement of science, literature and art.' In 1955, it merged with the Birmingham Library which had been founded in 1779, and moved in 1965 to the latter's premises in Margaret Street, which were subsequently enlarged.


The library of about 100,000 volumes specializes in the humanities and still contains many of its original books. It provides a lending service for members. A recorded music collection is also available.


Grade II* listed building.

Contact information

9 Margaret Street, Birmingham B3 3BS
tel: 0121 236 3591 / email:

Open Monday to Friday 10.00- 18.00

Some areas open to the public. Research facilities available at the discretion of the Administrator by prior appointment.



Registered charity no 522852


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