This branch is one of 3 (the other 2 are Foleshill and Stoke) built in Coventry as the stone says: “through the munificence of Andrew Carnegie”. The architect for all 3 was J.E. Swindlehurst (City Engineer and Surveyor).
It was extended at some point into the site of the former electricity substation, which provided additional space for offices and a staffroom.
Current status: Still a library, but since 2019 when it was threatened with closure, it has become a community library, run by volunteers.
- Year grant given (if known):
- Amount of grant:
- Year opened (and by who – if known): 1913
Photo of library in 2016:
Each of the 3 branch libraries in Coventry has the same wording on its stone (see the post for Foleshill for image). All say 1912, which I guess must be when the stone was laid, as all were opened in 1913 (as illustrated by the framed certificate which each received from the Carnegie UK Trust when they celebrated their centenary – again, see the Foleshill post for image)
Old photo of library (postcard):
I visited all 3 branch libraries on 7 July 2016, following a meeting in Coventry central library. Each is instantly recognisable as they are built in similar styles, but each is also different. The insides have familiar layouts, and all are bright spaces, which when I visited were busy.
- Plans for the future of all Coventry’s libraries: Revealed: £5m council cuts plan to close public toilets but save libraries (2016)
- Community library website – includes a short video talking about the library, since it was taken over by the group of volunteers.