Brierley Hill Library 08

PCs with community artwork and CAB after redesign

Brierley Hill Library 06

Ground floor view incorporating housing services after redesign

Brierley Hill Library 04

Entrance area after redesign

Brierley Hill Library 02

Counter view after redesign



The library is a 1970's building on the High Street. Downstairs the space is of a single shop unit which leads to a substantial upper floor with office accomodation and library. The building features distinctive overhanging windows. The project was to bring in partners to provide better services for the public and to reduce costs for all services.

Having a small ground floor area and a large upstairs area created the need for staffing levels that could not be sustained. The library sought out the Citizens Advice Bureau and the authorities Housing service as partners and put forward a project plan to redesign the interior downstairs to incorporate the housing service with a pleasant and functional entrance up to the library on the first floor. The library has RFID self service, People's Network computers, Wifi for public and Council use, and a newly refurbished lift. The offices have been converted to accomodate the CAB telephone service, offices and 4 interview rooms, whilst the CAB a shares customer contact point with the library. Housing services operate from the ground floor.


Winner of EDGE2012 Award : Physical category

The Building

The Building

Type of library

Multi-purpose building


720 m2




Dudley MBC

Building contractor


The Space

The Space

Features and services

Special services

Baby changing facilities, Cafe/refreshment areas, Hosting of other agencies, Meeting rooms

External features

Shared building, Building shape

Internal features


Energy efficiency


Accessibility provision

Access between floors

Interior designer

Dudley Building Services

Furniture suppliers

Desk Centre, Point Eight

Services and facilities suppliers

Axiell (formerly DS)

IT provision

Internet access, Public access terminals, RFID, Self service circulation, WiFi, Number of public computer terminals: 26

Seats/study places