The Old Library

£2,500 - £3,700 for Venue Hire
Up to 130
Exclusive Use
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With its soaring vaulted ceilings, breath-taking original windows and its blend of functional, open plan space and Victorian Gothic elegance, it is easy to see why The Old Library is a much-loved venue for weddings.
The Old Library Pricing & Costs

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We offer both ceremony and reception hire and reception only hire. Included in our venue hire is: Gold Cheltenham Chairs. 6ft Round Reception Tables. White Table Linen. Drinks Reception Location. Cake Table and Knife. Wedding Coordinator. Operations and Bar Staff. Security from 7pm. PA System and Microphone (suitable for background music and speeches).
What is included in this pricing:
Exclusive use
Wedding coordinator available on the day
Furniture included

In-house catering
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Our chefs have perfected menus that your guests will devour. From traditional 3-course meals to more casual street food options including melt burgers, tacos and tapas. There truly is something for everyone in our menus! If you are after a particular specialty, we do also offer the option of external catering for a fee of £500. All external caterers must be professional and hold a Level 3 Food Hygiene Certificate. T&Cs apply -please contact us for more details.
What is included in this pricing:
Minimum numbers apply
Cutlery included
Multiple course wedding breakfast
Table linen included
The Old Library Features & Capacity


Venue Type
Event Venue
Dining Capacity
Reception Capacity
Usual Access Time
12:00 PM
Usual Finish Time
12:00 AM
Late Night Extension

Ceremony & Reception

Wedding Licence
Confetti Permitted
Dancefloor Available
Church Within Walking Distance


Exclusive Use
Pet Friendly
Disabled Access
Grade I/II Listed Building
In-House Wedding Coordinator

Food and Drink

In-house Catering
Alcohol Licence
External Catering Permitted
In-House Wine List
Halal Catering
The Old Library Full Description
Since being faithfully restored from The Old Library’s origins as one of Birmingham’s first free libraries in 1866, this historic setting has played host to many happy and unique wedding days. Wedding guests will be left mesmerised by the architecturally stunning building, which is flooded with natural daylight and exudes a romantic atmosphere. Our unique and historic venue can easily accommodate up to 130 guests for a ceremony and sit-down reception, and there is further space for creating a dancefloor whilst accommodating up to 250 guests for an evening reception. The Old Library is nestled amongst the bustling and diverse community of Digbeth, providing a variety of unique backdrops for those all-important wedding photos. Our dedicated chefs have created a series of delicious menus your guests will devour, and the bar team have created a drinks menu to match. The Library Bar is a large area separated from the main space by three grand arch ways. This hidden gem can easily cater to a particular theme that has been envisaged for a wedding day and our experienced events team are on hand to ensure your wedding day reflects your vision.

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Rebecca
Hi! Congratulations on your engagement! We can't wait to chat with you about your wedding plans and show you what The Old Library can offer, get in touch to start our relationship!


Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
No. of People In Team
Chas & Nathan
Happy couple married in October
November 2022
Omg what a venue, what a team.
I had my wedding here 15/10/22. Omg what a venue, what a team. There was no job to big or small the staff were so friendly and were always close at hand to help if we needed them. The day went with out a hitch. Well except for getting hitched to my amazing husband too. I’d recommend this venue to anyone. Thank you old library team your the best From Mr & Mr Taylor Cookson xx
Jo & Pat
Happy couple married in July
November 2022
You really did go above and beyond.
Massive thank you for all you did on our special day. It was perfect. You really did go above and beyond. We had the best day
Soneya & Marcus
Happy couple married in April
November 2022
It truly is absolutely perfect in every way.
Well What can I say…… We held our wedding at this venue in April 2022. The Venue - is a hidden Gem in the heart of Birmingham, its a wonderful elegant, romantic space next to the hustle and bustle and quirkiness of the Custard Factory. It has hidden nooks and quiet areas. It truly is absolutely perfect in every way. The Team - From start to finish the team reassured me and were professional throughout. I bombarded them with questions and emails as well as numerous visits and they could not have been more accommodating. Rebecca, Nikki, Kal and everyone were amazing though out and continued to support us on our special day. The Food - Delicious - Huge portions and so so tasty - clear plates all round. My daughter has food allergies and Ioannais (the chef) was so on it. We had a good conversation followed by lots of pics of packaging and lists of ingredients, i have never felt so at ease and reassured. The Day - Absolutely Amazing - So perfect - So relaxed - Everything was done to such a high standard and discreetly. The whole day flowed to perfection. The best day ever - if your thinking of booking this venue - Do not hesitate the venue and the team are absolutely amazing Thank you all of the Team - You absolutely made our day xxx
Chanelle & James
Happy couple married in August
November 2022
Best day of our lives!
Can I just say another huge thank you to you and your team. I can't express how grateful we are to you for helping us with the best day of our lives! So many people commented on how wonderful you were throughout the day. (Photographer: Jansch Greatrix)
The Old Library Location & Contact Details


Gibb Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B9 4AT, England

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Nearest Train Station

Birmingham Moor Street

Nearest Airport

Birmingham Airport

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Frequently Asked Questions

What’s your favourite personal touch you’ve seen at a wedding?

We always love when our couples choose to support charities that are close to their hearts at their weddings. Charity pin badge favours and donation details on centrepieces are some of our personal favourites.

Describe The Old Library in 5 adjectives

Unique, historic, romantic, beautiful and breath-taking.

Where’s the best photo spot at The Old Library?

The back of the building where you will find the original Victorian brickwork dating back to 1866!

What is The Old Library most unique feature?

Our original Victorian grand windows, sitting at the top of your ceremony aisle and sitting as a beautiful focal point for the rest of your day.