The Core Library

Entrance to The Core Library

Homer Road
B91 3RG


  • general enquiries/library reception: 0121 704 6965
  • renewals line: 0121 704 8400
  • information services: 0121 704 6977
  • mobile & home library services: 0121 704 6947
  • local history & family history: 0121 704 6977


Virtual tour

For a virtual tour of The Core Library visit

Opening times

Monday and Thursday 9.00am to 8.00pm
Tuesday, Friday 9.00am to 6.00pm
Wednesday 10.00am to 6.00pm
Saturday 9.00am to 5.00pm


  • the nearest car parks are Church Hill pay & display (free for disabled badge holders) or Touchwood’s underground car park

Online services


  • free WiFi access
  • 2 hours free computer and internet access for library members (computers are available until 15 minutes before the library closes). Access for non-library members is charged at £1.25 for half an hour, or £2.50 for an hour
  • a computer adapted for wheelchair users. A large keyboard, trackable mouse and speech recognition software is also available
  • CDs, DVDs and talking books
  • language courses
  • Black and white/colour photocopying, scanning and fax facilities available
  • you can view an access guide for The Core Library at AccessAble


Keep up to date and subscribe to The Core Library.

  • Councillor’s Surgery - these are face-to-face meetings held by councillors for local people to raise issues in their area. First and last Saturday of the month, 10.00am-12.00pm
  • Booktivity - are you interested in all things about books: art and craft, quizzes and games? Then come along to our activity group for ages 10+. No booking required. Held on the last Thursday of the month, in school holidays only
  • Rhyme Time - Wednesdays 10.15am to 10.30am, term-time only. A short interactive session for 0-2s that includes finger and action rhymes and songs. Come along and meet up with other parents/carers and discover what the library can offer your child
  • Meet and Play - Fridays 10.15am to 11.15am, age 0 - 2 years (term time only. Meet and Play sessions offer the chance for young families to meet up, relax, chat, play, sing or make music together! The session is for families, led by families. Toys and musical instruments are provided. For more information contact 0121 704 6965
  • Story Times - Mondays 2.00pm to 2.30pm, term-time only
  • Readers' Circle - last Thursday every other month 10.30am to midday (contact the library on 0121 704 6965)
  • Listeners' Circle - Wednesdays every other month 10.30am to 11.30am (contact Sue McCool on 0121 704 6965 for dates)
  • Homework Club - Tuesdays 3.45pm to 5.15pm, term time only
  • Silent Reading Cafe - Held once a month on Thursday evenings (September - May) in the Courtyard Gallery, ground floor of the Core, Silent Reading Café is a chance to unwind and read any book you like, in a cosy, informal environment without distractions. The Silent Reading Cafe begins with an hour of silent reading between 6.00pm and 7.00pm, with a chance to chat (if you want) between 7.00pm and 7.45pm. You can also purchase hot drinks, cakes, alcohol or soft drinks. It’s the ideal time to reclaim some silent space and relax - the next dates will be Thursday 27 September, Thursday 25 October and Thursday 22 November, all  at 6.00pm


For details on all courses at The Core Library visit The Core Theatre.

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