Blackheath library

Brief description

This small, compact Carnegie library was built in 1909 and is situated on the outskirts of Blackheath town centre (in Carnegie Road).

Architects: Herbert Wills and John Anderson, and their design was in the Edwardian Baroque style. The builder was William Cooper. The result of a competition for 3 Carnegie libraries to serve the outer suburbs of Birmingham – this small elegant solution cost less than £2,000 (Builder, 27 Feb 1909) Owned at that time by Rowley Regis urban district council. Includes an octagonal reading room with domed lantern.

In c.1949 the interior of the library was remodelled with the addition of a children’s section whilst the ladies’ room became a reading room and the news room a reference room. Further internal remodelling took place in c.1959 when the children’s section and reference room were removed and the office reduced in size to create increased circulation space in the foyer for the addition of a new lending desk; the reading room also changed use to accommodate the children’s section.

Awarded Grade II listing in 2012.

Current status: Closed as a public library in 2011, the author of one of the articles below states that the building was up for sale. Now traced as being restored and in use as Bookworms Daycare (link also below)

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant: £1,696
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 15 September 1909, by Mr Thomas Crew

Photo of library today c2020:

Image credit: Oriel Prizeman. Cardiff University AHRC “Shelf Life” project. [AH/P002587/1]. Shared under CC license NC-SA.

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