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Sandwell Libraries and Archives Update - Monday 4 October 2021

All libraries in Sandwell are now offering browsing, Order and Collect, computers and study spaces. For a full list of our current opening hours, please see the Library Details section.
We have now extended our opening hours as follows at Blackheath, Glebefields, Oldbury, Smethwick, Stone Cross and Wednesbury libraries:

Blackheath Library

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 9.30am-5.30pm
  • Friday: 9.30am-5pm
  • Saturday: 10am-4pm

Glebefields Library

  • Monday: 9am-5.30pm
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 9am-5pm
  • Saturday: 10am-2pm

Oldbury Library

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 9am-5.30pm
  • Friday: 9am-5pm
  • Saturday: 10am - 2pm

Smethwick Library

  • Monday, Tuesday: 10am-5.30pm
  • Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 10am-5pm
  • Saturday: 10am-4pm
  • Sunday: 12noon-4pm

Stone Cross Library

  • Monday, Tuesday: 9.30am-1pm, 2pm-5.30pm
  • Wednesday: 2pm-5.30pm
  • Friday: 9.30am-1pm, 2pm-5pm
  • Saturday: 10am-4pm

Wednesbury Library

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 9.30am-5.30pm
  • Thursday: 9.30am-1.30pm
  • Friday: 9.30am-5.30pm
  • Saturday: 10am-4pm

We aim to have all libraries return to their full opening hours by Monday 1 November 2021.
Please contact your local library to discuss any queries regarding room bookings, community groups and volunteering.

Studying

A limited number of study tables are available in each library. Study time will be limited to 90 minutes. You must book an appointment to study in the library – see Library Details section.
You will need to bring your library membership card with you. You will not be able to enter the library without this. If you have lost your membership card, please phone your library during opening hours to arrange a new card.

Order and Collect

Customers can reserve items using this website, or by phoning one of the libraries. Library staff will then contact customers when items are available, to arrange a date and time for collection.

Computers

A number of computers are available for use in each of the libraries, including printing.
Please note that Oldbury Library is now located in Sandwell Council House, use the main reception entrance (Members' entrance on Saturdays). It has moved from Jack Judge House.

The Archives Service has also restarted services.

Library Details:

  • Central Library Monday: 9.30am-7pm; Tuesday-Friday: 9.30am-6pm; Saturday: 10am-4pm. 0121 569 4900.
  • Blackheath Library Monday-Thursday: 9.30am–5.30pm; Friday: 9.30am-5pm; Saturday: 10am–4pm. 0121 569 4920.
  • Bleakhouse Library Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 9am–1pm, 2pm-5.30pm; Saturday: 10am–4pm. 0121 569 4923.
  • Brandhall Library Tuesday: 10am–1pm, 2pm-5.30pm; Saturday: 10am–2pm. 0121 569 4924.
  • Cradley Heath Library Tuesday, Friday: 10am–1pm, 2pm-5pm; Saturday: 10am–2pm. 0121 569 4926.
  • Glebefields Library Monday: 9am-5.30pm; Tuesday-Friday: 9am–5pm; Saturday: 10am–2pm. 0121 569 4928.
  • Great Barr Library Monday: 9.30am-1pm, 2pm-5pm; Thursday: 9.30am-1pm, 2pm-4pm; Saturday: 10am–4pm. 0121 569 4929.
  • Great Bridge Library Wednesday, Friday: 9.30am–5pm; Saturday: 10am–1pm. 0121 569 4930.
  • Hamstead Library Wednesday: 9.30am-1pm, 2pm-5.30pm; Friday: 9.30-1pm, 2pm-5pm; Saturday: 10am–2pm. 0121 569 2548.
  • Hill Top Library Monda: 1.30pm-5.30pm; Saturday: 10am–2pm. 0121 569 4990.
  • Langley Library Friday: 9.30-1pm, 2pm-5.30pm; Saturday: 10am–2pm 0121 569 4932.
  • Oakham Library Friday: 10am –1pm, 2pm-5pm; Saturday: 10am-2pm. 0121 569 4933.
  • Oldbury Library (now located in Sandwell Council House, use main reception entrance Mon-Fri, Members' entrance on Sat) Monday-Thursday: 9am – 5.30pm; Friday: 9am-5pm; Saturday: 10am-2pm. 0121 569 4955.
  • Rounds Green Library Wednesday: 9.30am-1pm, 2pm-5pm; Saturday, 10am–1pm. 0121 569 4934.
  • Smethwick Library Monday-Tuesday: 10am-5.30pm; Wednesday-Friday: 10am-5pm; Saturday: 10am–4pm, Sunday: 12pm-4pm. 0121 569 4940.
  • Stone Cross Library Monday-Tuesday: 9.30am-1pm, 2pm-5.30pm; Wednesday: 2pm-5.30pm; Friday: 9.30am-1pm, 2pm-5pm; Saturday: 10am–4pm. 0121 569 4942.
  • Thimblemill Library Tuesday, Wednesday: 9.00am-1pm, 2pm-6pm; Thursday: 9am–1pm; Saturday: 10am–4pm. 0121 569 4943.
  • Tipton Library Monday: 9.30am-6pm; Friday: 9.30am–5pm; Saturday: 10am–1pm. 0121 569 4944.
  • Wednesbury Library Monday-Wednesday: 9.30am-5.30pm; Thursday: 9.30am-1.30pm; Friday: 9.30am-5.30pm; Saturday: 10am–4pm. 0121 569 4945.

Safety

  • The number of visitors at each library will be limited. This will be different for each library.
  • You may have to queue outside if the library is at full browsing capacity
  • Children under 12 should be accompanied by a parent or carer
  • Please use hand sanitiser when entering the library
  • We recommend wearing a face covering where possible

Renewals

Do you need to renew your items? You can still renew items online via our website or by telephone. To renew online, you will need a four-digit PIN to login. If you don’t have a PIN, please call your local library and a member of staff will set one up for you