Spring Hill Library

Spring Hill Library (grid reference SP055874) is a red brick and terracotta Victorian building in Ladywood, Birmingham, England.

Spring Hill Library
Spring Hill Library (1).jpg
Spring Hill Library, Ladywood, Birmingham
General information
LocationLadywood, Birmingham, England
Coordinates52°29′6.16″N 1°55′10.14″W / 52.4850444°N 1.9194833°W / 52.4850444; -1.9194833
Completed7 January 1893
Height65 feet (20 m)
Design and construction
ArchitectFrederick Martin, Martin & Chamberlain
Awards and prizesGrade II* listed

Designed in 1891 by Frederick Martin[1] 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 new (2010) Tesco superstore. The site was previously the location for the turnpike gate house for Icknield Street.[2]

Still in use as a Birmingham branch library, is a Grade II* listed building.[3][4]

In January 2014, the city council chose Spring Hill as one of four community libraries for future closure as part of its cuts program.[5]


  1. ^ Thornton, Roy (2006). Victorian Buildings of Birmingham. Sutton Publishing Ltd. ISBN 0-7509-3857-9.
  2. ^ John Young Walker MacAlister; Alfred William Pollard (1891). The Library: The Transactions of the Bibliographical Society. Oxford University Press. p. 199.
  3. ^ Historic England. "Spring Hill Public Library  (Grade II*) (1076161)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 27 January 2016.
  4. ^ Historic England. "Details and photograph (1076161)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 27 October 2006.
  5. ^ "Four Birmingham libraries facing closure because of budget cuts". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 27 January 2016.


Coordinates: 52°29′6.16″N 1°55′10.14″W / 52.4850444°N 1.9194833°W / 52.4850444; -1.9194833