Spring Hill Library
|Spring Hill Library|
Spring Hill Library, Ladywood, Birmingham
|Location||Ladywood, Birmingham, England|
|Completed||7 January 1893|
|Height||65 feet (20 m)|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Frederick Martin, Martin & Chamberlain|
|Awards and prizes||Grade II* listed|
Designed in 1891 by Frederick Martin of Martin & Chamberlain with a 65-foot (20 m) clock tower on the corner of Icknield Street and Spring Hill and opened on 7 January 1893, it now stands next to a roundabout and linked via a glazed atrium to a notably elegant new (2010) Tesco superstore. The site was previously the location for the turnpike gate house for Icknield Street.
Still in use as a Birmingham branch library, it is a grade II* listed building.
As of January 2014, the city council has decided it wishes to close the building down as part of its cuts program, despite being in the most deprived ward in the UK. Birmingham City Council blames lack of funding from the Central government.  A campaigning group is being set up to oppose this. The next meeting is at the library Thursday 20th February 2014 at 530-630. See also Facebook page for Friends of Spring Hill Library.
The ceiling, with curved iron girders concealed (unusual for Martin & Chamberlain)
- Thornton, Roy (2006). Victorian Buildings of Birmingham. Sutton Publishing Ltd. ISBN 0-7509-3857-9.
- John Young Walker MacAlister; Alfred William Pollard (1891). The Library: The Transactions of the Bibliographical Society. Oxford University Press. p. 199.
- Four Birmingham libraries facing closure because of budget cuts
- Birmingham Libraries – History of Spring Hill Library
- Spring Hill Architecture – article by Joe Holyoak 1974
- Digital Ladywood (photographs of Birmingham) - pictures of Spring Hill Library in context with neighbouring buildings - when in website, search for Spring Hill Library
- Details and photograph from Images of England site
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