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.
Type of library
Small community library
Edward & Hindle Architectural Consultants
Features and services
Access to building, Access within building
Community Playthings, Lift (UK) Ltd, Swift Business Equipment Ltd
Services and facilities suppliers
Internet access, Number of public computer terminals: 8