Kings Norton

Brief description

Built next to the Post Office in 1906. The foundation stone was laid by Councillor Edwin Shephard on 2 December 1905. The building was designed by Benjamin Bower, and built by Mr William Jackson. It cost £1,000.

The library was enlarged in 1939. In 2014 Birmingham secured funding from the Wolfson to refurbish 5 of their childrens libraries (including this one, and Kings Heath – another carnegie library). The library still has many original features, including stained glass, dark wooden shelving (in the adult section), and columns. The main counter has been replaced though, and and the children’s section is completely renewed and modernised.

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by Birmingham council. (2017)

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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): August 1906

Photo of library today (2017):




Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet


Yes, on a sunny day at the end of November 2017.

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