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The Public Library

A Grade II Listed Building in Kingstanding, Birmingham

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Latitude: 52.5355 / 52°32'7"N

Longitude: -1.8759 / 1°52'33"W

OS Eastings: 408512

OS Northings: 293082

OS Grid: SP085930

Mapcode National: GBR 35M.GY

Mapcode Global: VH9YQ.FJML

Plus Code: 9C4WG4PF+6J

Entry Name: The Public Library

Listing Date: 29 June 1998

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1109946

English Heritage Legacy ID: 469443

Location: Birmingham, B44

County: Birmingham

Electoral Ward/Division: Kingstanding

Built-Up Area: Birmingham

Traditional County: Staffordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Midlands

Church of England Parish: Perry Barr

Church of England Diocese: Birmingham

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Public Library. 1934 by J P Osbourne for Birmingham City Council. Red brick on steel frame. Fan-shaped plan on corner site, mainly of one storey with raised central area over issue desk, but with second storey to front and sides not visible externally. Roof not seen. Concave front to corner with central, original timber outer doors with bronze knockers in fluted stone surround under round brick arch and keystone. The tympanum has stone reliefs of the lamp of knowledge flanked by books. Splayed side walls with seven small paned windows under gauged brick heads with keystone. The interior survives remarkably completely. Octagonal entrance hall with cream and green tiles, and art deco style ceiling with concealed lighting trough. Terrazzo floor under carpet. Original metal windows and timber doors lead in and out of the main lending library. 1934 issue desk, whence are sightlines round the fan-shaped library space, with original bookstacks placed radially and against walls. Lower wing has children's library with original bookcases; the opposite wing was formerly the reading room and is now the community room, with panelling. Simple but stylised timber stair leads to staff areas on first floor. Single-storey staff range at rear has curved corridor with green tiled walls. Included as a deceptively elaborate and complete example of a 1930s' public library. The art deco entrance hall and number of surviving original fittings are most unusual.

Listing NGR: SP0851293082

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