Blakenall Library 05

Entrance to library

Blakenall Library 04

Counter and welcome area

Blakenall Library 03

Browsing area and Flexible Learning Centre

Blakenall Library 02

Early years' corner

Blakenall Library 01

Exterior of Blakenall Village Centre



Blakenall Village Centre is a £7.3M multi-purpose building funded by New Deal for Communities and sited in a part of Walsall with a high level of multiple deprivation.

Walsall Council has taken a 10-year lease on the library area. In addition to the library, the building houses a health centre, pharmacy, complementary therapy centre, restaurant, youth offending service base and housing office.

In fitting out the library, the intention was to create a relaxed informal setting which would attract people from the local area who were not regular library users. Low-level 'bookshop-style' shelving provides maximum face-out display and the library is 'zoned' to accommodate different uses. The early years area was equipped in co-operation with the local Surestart Programme.

The library opened on 1 August 2005.



The Building

The Building

Type of library

Small community library


340 m2




Edward & Hindle Architectural Consultants

Building contractor


The Space

The Space

Features and services

Special services


External features

Shared building

Internal features

Design features

Energy efficiency


Accessibility provision

Access to building, Access within building

Interior designer


Furniture suppliers

Community Playthings, Lift (UK) Ltd, Swift Business Equipment Ltd

Services and facilities suppliers


IT provision

Internet access, Number of public computer terminals: 8

Seats/study places