Foleshill library

Brief description

This branch is one of 3 (the other 2 are Earlsdon 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).

As detailed in the news article linked below, the library was damaged in an arson attack in 2003. It was fully restored and extended though, and reopened in 2005.

Current status: Still a library, run by Coventry council (2021)

  • 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 the stone. 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 below which each received from the Carnegie UK Trust when they celebrated their centenary)


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.

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