Library of Birmingham

Massive coverage of the new Birmingham library, in papers and on TV. It looks gorgeous – huge, ambitious and impressive, and generally Brummies seem proud and enthusiastic. Of course, not spending anything on that would have provided lots of little libraries with a bit more cash, but now more than ever we need affirmation – that some things (libraries, schools, hospitals) are worth spending money on, because of the good they do. Every time I visit the British Museum, I’m glad they spent a lot of money creating something special – and not all the special things should be in London.