Erdington library

Brief description

The foundation stone was laid on 27 June 1906 by A Paget Evans Esq. JP. CC, chairman of the urban district council. John P Osborne was the architect and the library was built by John Barnsley and Sons. It is in an Edwardian Baroque style.

The first Librarian was Mr Ernest Neesham, who had been trained in the public library in Kendal, and had organised a new Carnegie library at Gainsborough. He was appointed in January 1907 [or 1908 according to the listing].

Awarded Grade II listing in 2012.

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by Birmingham city council (2016)

  • Year grant given (if known): 1906
  • Amount of grant: £5,000 (later supplemented)
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 2 July 1907

Photo of library today (2014):

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Photo credit: flickr user Elliott Brown, shared under cc licence

Details:

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Photo credit: flickr user Elliott Brown, shared under cc licence

Old photo of library (postcard):

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