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Sandwell Libraries and Archives Update 7 June 2021

All libraries in Sandwell are now offering services, please see the Library Details section for details of days, times and services available. Some libraries are able to offer browsing and study space (see below). All libraries have Order and Collect and computers.

Please note that Oldbury Library is now located in Sandwell Council House, using the main reception entrance (Members' entrance on Saturdays). It has moved from Jack Judge House.

The Archives Service has also restarted services, by appointment only. To book, please call 0121 569 4985.

Browsing

Browsing is available at the following libraries during the advertised opening hours shown in the Library Details section: Central, Blackheath, Bleakhouse, Cradley Heath, Glebefields, Great Barr, Rounds Green, Smethwick, Stone Cross, Thimblemill, Tipton and Wednesbury.

There is no need to make an appointment to browse but you do 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.

You will need to use the self-service kiosks to borrow items.

To keep you safe, we will be limiting the number of customers allowed into the library at any one time. Browsing will be limited to 20 minutes.

Studying

A limited number of study tables are available in the following libraries: Central, Blackheath, Bleakhouse, Cradley Heath, Glebefields, Great Barr, Rounds Green, Smethwick, Stone Cross, Thimblemill, Tipton and Wednesbury. 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, which need to be booked in advance by phone.

Returning items

Items can also be returned into drop-boxes at those libraries during the specified times as shown in the Library Details section.

All items that were borrowed before the first lockdown have had their due date extended to 30 June 2021. Please do not renew items you have borrowed before this date.

Library Details:

  • Central Library: (use entrance on Town Hall Car Park) Monday to Saturday, 10am – 4pm. 0121 569 4900. Services: book browsing, study spaces, order and collect, computers.
  • Blackheath Library: Monday, Wednesday, Saturday, 10am – 4pm. 0121 569 4920. Services: book browsing, study spaces, order and collect, computers.
  • Bleakhouse Library: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 10am – 4pm. 0121 569 4923. Services: book browsing, study spaces, order and collect, computers.
  • Brandhall Library: Tuesday, 10am – 4pm. 0121 569 4924. Services: order and collect, computers.
  • Cradley Heath Library: Tuesday, Thursday, 10am – 4pm. 0121 569 4926. Services: book browsing, study spaces, order and collect, computers.
  • Glebefields Library: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 10am – 4pm. 0121 569 4928. Services: book browsing, study spaces, order and collect, computers.
  • Great Barr Library: Monday, Saturday, 10am – 4pm. 0121 569 4929. Services: book browsing, study spaces, order and collect, computers.
  • Great Bridge Library: Wednesday, Friday, 10am – 4pm. 0121 569 4930. Services: order and collect, computers.
  • Hamstead Library: Wednesday, Friday, 10am – 4pm. 0121 569 2548. Services: order and collect, computers.
  • Hill Top Library: Monday, 10am – 4pm. 0121 569 4990. Services: order and collect, computers.
  • Langley Library: Thursday, 10am – 4pm. 0121 569 4932. Services: order and collect, computers.
  • Oakham Library: Friday, 10am – 4pm. 0121 569 4933. Services: order and collect, computers.
  • Oldbury Library: (now located in Sandwell Council House, use main reception entrance Mon-Fri, Members' entrance on Sat) Monday to Saturday, 10am – 2pm. 0121 569 4955. Services: order and collect, computers.
  • Rounds Green Library: Saturday, 10am – 4pm. 0121 569 4934. Services: book browsing, study spaces, order and collect, computers.
  • Smethwick Library: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 10am – 4pm; Sunday 12pm - 3pm. 0121 569 4940. Services: book browsing, study spaces, order and collect, computers.
  • Stone Cross Library: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 10am – 4pm. 0121 569 4942. Services: book browsing, study spaces, order and collect, computers.
  • Thimblemill Library: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, 10am – 4pm. 0121 569 4943. Services: book browsing, study spaces, order and collect, computers.
  • Tipton Library: Monday, Saturday, 10am – 4pm. 0121 569 4944. Services: book browsing, study spaces, order and collect, computers.
  • Wednesbury Library: Monday, Wednesday, Saturday, 10am – 4pm. 0121 569 4945. Services: book browsing, study spaces, order and collect, computers.

 

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
  • You must use hand sanitiser when entering the library
  • You must wear a face covering unless you are exempt
  • We will request contact details for NHS test and trace. Alternatively, you can check in to the library by scanning the QR code on arrival