Kings Heath library

Brief description

The architect was Arthur Gilbey Latham, and his design was for a building in classic Renaissance style. It has a Baroque facade. The land was purchased by a public subscription. The foundation stone was laid in August 1905.

The library was extended in 1974, to house a childrens library.

Awarded Grade II listing in 2010.

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

  • Year grant given (if known): 1902
  • Amount of grant: Carnegie gave £12,500 to King’s Norton and Northfield UDC for the erection of several libraries. Kings Heath was one of 8 to receive funding, and the library cost £3,368.
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1906

Photo of library today (2009):


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


Old photo of library (postcard):



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