Dudley library

Brief description

From a local paper on Feb 5, 1908: “Town council approved a tender for the erection of the Carnegie Library”. The architect was George H Wenyon.

The librarian was Miss EJ Southall, who employed her sister, Miss EL Southall as her assistant.

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

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  • Amount of grant: £7,500
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 16 September 1909, by the honourable John Hubert Ward

Photo of library today (2010):

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Photo credit: Brian Clift and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Old photo of library (postcard):

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Northfield library

Brief description

Land was provided by the Cadbury brothers. The foundation stone was laid by Alderman T. R. Bayliss. On 12 February 1914, it was destroyed by a fire – with suspicion falling on the suffragettes. It was rebuilt, using the same facade.  In 1914, it became the first open-access lending library in Birmingham. In 1984, the library building was doubled in size.

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

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  • Amount of grant: £750
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1906

Photo of library today (2016):

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Photo credit: Flickr user Ian (shared under cc licence)

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Old photo of library (postcard):

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Image from wikipedia: part of an old photograph first published as a postcard by Edwards & Co., Edgbaston Street, Birmingham

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Rednal library

Brief description

The land was given by Messrs Edward and George Cadbury. The architect was Benjamin Bower, the building was designed in the arts and crafts style.

Awarded Grade II listing in 1982.

Current status: Library closed in the mid 1990s. Now a private house (2017)

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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1909

Photo of library today (2017):

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Photo credit: Zoe – on this blog post

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Bartley Green library

Brief description

Celebrated its centenary on Wednesday 14 September 2005.

From an article in the Guardian (link below):” The tiny library at Bartley Green boasts two commemorative plaques on its walls. One pays tribute to the Scottish philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, who put up the money for the building; the other remembers Jane Bunford, who at 7ft 9in was the world’s tallest woman at the time of her death in 1922.”

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

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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1905

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Aston Cross library

Brief description

In 1903 when the Aston Manor Urban District Council was created, a site on the main road from Birmingham into Aston was chosen for Aston Cross Library. The building was a statement of the district’s new status. The land was donated by nearby Ansells Brewery and the building paid for by Carnegie.

Current status: No longer a public library, current status unknown, but maybe used as flats (2017)

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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 30 October 1903, by Alderman Edward Ansell

Photo of library today (2017):

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Photo credit: Zoe – on this blog post

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Langley library

Brief description

As early as 1903 an application was made to Carnegie, for money to build the library. However, he would not consider the application until a site was found that met his approval. Eventually a plot of land that belonged to the brewers Mitchell and Butler, on the corner of Barrs Street and Cross Street, was deemed suitable.

Following negotiations, the company donated the freehold land free of charge. A stone plaque commemorating this gift is situated at the side of the main entrance. Negotiations with Carnegie resumed and he awarded the sum of £1,500, equivalent to over £130,000 today. Local architect Abel Round designed the building and the building contract went to local firm William Jackson. Joseph Gill, chairman of Oldbury Public Libraries committee laid the foundation stone on 23 July 1908.

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by Sandwell libraries (2017)

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant: £1,500
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): Friday 26 February 1909. Note: the ceremony was marred by 2 events: the original opener, Sir Alexander Macomb Chance, was confined to bed by his doctor; William Arthur Albright deputised as opener, but the formal opening of the doors was abandoned due to a snowstorm and the guests hurriedly gathered inside in the ‘News Room’ for the opening speeches.

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Tipton library

Brief description

The architect was George H Wenyon (who was also responsible for Dudley library).  A foundation stone is inscribed: “Erected by the Munificence of Andrew Carnegie Esq …..”.

Awarded Grade II listing in 1982

Current status: Closed as a public library in 2000. Refurbished and reopened as the Carnegie Centre in 2006 by Sandwell Council, it housed their Occupational Health unit until 2015, when they relocated to West Bromwich. Current status unknown. (2017)

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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1905

Photo of library today (2009):

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Photo credit:  John M and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

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Old photo of library (postcard):

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