The library was one of six new buildings, including the London Shard and Liverpool's Everyman Theatre, shortlisted for this year's RIBA Stirling Prize for architecture.
Readers of the BBC News Magazine were invited to choose their favourite of the six buildings listed for this year's prize. Approximately 90,000 votes were received. The winner of the RIBA Stirling Prize itself will be announced this evening by RIBA at a ceremony in London.
The announcement of the Stirling Prize will be made tonight at 21.20CEST. You can watch the ceremony live from 20.45pm on the BBC News Channel.
The Library of Birmingham also topped the Architects Journal readers Stirling Prize poll. In an online poll, the £188.8million scheme received 39 per cent of the votes, putting it ahead of the bookmakers’ favourite O’Donnell + Tuomey’s Saw Swee Hock Student Centre at the London School of Economics which was backed by 30 per cent of the voters.