Sheffield Central Library

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Sheffield Central Library
Sheffield Central Library 2014.jpg
General information
Town or citySheffield
Completed1934; 85 years ago (1934)
ClientSheffield City Council

Sheffield Central Library is a public library in Sheffield, England. It houses the city library service's single largest general lending and reference collection, as well as Graves Art Gallery, on the third floor, and a theatre in the basement.

Services available from the building include the Sheffield Information Service and a wide range of library sections, such as arts, sports, business, technology and local studies.

Work on the building began in 1929, to a design by W. G. Davies. Built in a broadly Art Deco style, it was opened in 1934 by the Duchess of York (later The Queen Mother). Conceived as part of a plan by Patrick Abercrombie to create a civic square, it was the only element of that proposal ever built and so it faces onto a narrow street. In 1991, Tudor Square was constructed to one side of the library.

The building, supported by a steel frame, is faced with Portland stone and has some decorative mouldings by Alfred and William Tory. It is a listed building at Grade II status.

The art gallery contained within was founded around a bequest from J. G. Graves and hosts a range of temporary and permanent exhibitions.

In January 2017 Private Eye reported that the building's owner, Sheffield City Council, planned to sell it due to expensive repairs being required following years of neglect. The potential buyer is the Sichuan Guodong Construction Group, a Chinese developer, which proposes to convert the library into a hotel.[1]


  1. ^ "Nooks and corners". Private Eye. London: Pressdram Ltd. 13 January 2017. ISSN 0032-888X.
  • Ruth Harman and John Minnis, Sheffield (Pevsner Architectural Guides)

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Coordinates: 53°22′48″N 1°28′01″W / 53.380°N 1.467°W / 53.380; -1.467