Selly Oak library

Brief description

The architect was John P Osborne, and the building contractor was George Webb. The foundation stone was laid on 1 August 1905. [Exactly the same people, and timing, as the library in Stirchley] nb the listings entry says the building opened on 1 August 1905…..

Awarded Grade II listing in 2011

Current status: Closed in (2017?) Replaced by a new library in a new development relatively close by. Looking for alternative tenants, but when I drove past in November 2017, no new purpose had been found for this building.

  • Year grant given (if known): June 1902
  • Amount of grant: £3,000
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 23 June 1906, by Thomas Gibbins (who donated the site).

Photo of library in 2009:


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


Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet, but the image below appears in wikimedia:



Drove past in November 2017. Just managed a snatched photo of the front door.

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