Birmingham library brings Shakespeare to life in dozens of languages

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The largest Shakespeare collection in a public library is launching Everything to Everybody, with films and readings in most of the city’s 93 languages

It is a little-known fact that Birmingham is home to the largest Shakespeare collection in any public library in the world.

Created in 1864 to celebrate the playwright’s 300th birthday, it was the world’s first great Shakespeare collection and once held such standing that the Soviet government deposited 300 items in the collection during the depths of the cold war.

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