Kingshurst library

Temporary closures

View the latest Library closures and changes to opening hours. 

Library services available during COVID-19

The following services are available at all sites:

  • Access to the library with unlimited time to browse and sit
  • Bookable and/or walk-in PC access for up to 2 hours per session 
  • Use of memory sticks
  • Renewal or replacement of library cards
  • General Library stock enquiries
  • Loan of up to 10 items for 3 weeks minimum
  • Reservations of up to 10 library items
  • Photocopying, printing or scanning
  • Study space with unlimited time
  • Physical newspapers and magazines where available

In-person rhymetimes and storytimes are now running in several libraries, details are on our Events page 

Booking is required for some events.

You can also still order books from libraries using our Click and Collect service.

Services not available at the moment:

  • Reservations of items on order or not in Solihull stock
  • Inter library loans

Visitors are encouraged to wear a face mask or covering, unless exempt, in line with current government guidance.

All visitors are asked to provide contact details on entering the site in line with the government’s Test and Trace requirements.

Our COVID-19 page can help you understand the changes when visiting a library and see what other services are available.

Marston Drive
Kingshurst
Birmingham
B37 6BD

Telephone: 0121 770 3451
Email: libraryarts@solihull.gov.uk

Opening hours

  • Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 10.00am to 1.00pm and 2.00pm to 5.00pm
  • Friday from 10.00am to 1.00pm

Events

Before it isn’t there anymore... A day of visual documentation for Kingshurst residents.
Saturday 5th March 2022, Kingshurst Library

Big changes are coming – the future is exciting, but the past is important too. We want to spend a day in collaboration with everyone who loves Kingshurst and has memories and feelings about the parade, documenting the sights and textures of the area. It’s a chance to remember happy things that happened, and to create a lasting impression of those parts of the buildings that are special to you.

There are three parts to the day and you can participate in some or all of them, it’s up to you.

  • 1. Photographer Greg Goodale will be going out and about during the day on a series of half hour walkabouts, he will be photographing things that catch his eye, but also he’ll photograph those things that you point out to him. Perhaps with you in the photograph too it you’d like it. We’ll have some disposable cameras too, for you to use, and you can bring along your phone or other camera and we’ll be able to upload pictures in the library afterwards. 
    Photography Session times are: 10am, 12noon and 2pm.
  • 2. Chris Lewis Jones is going to do something very different:
    ‘Don’t Frott on my Parade’ is a creative intervention, where you record the actual buildings through drawing and mark-making. Absolutely no experience or skill is required, everyone is welcome.
    Participants will explore the social/retail environment by:
    Selecting and drawing surfaces and textures in and around Kingshurst Parade.
    Recording the sounds, sights, smells and feelings in and around Kingshurst Parade.

    These will be guided walks, with Chris, lasting about an hour. All materials will be supplied. Just bring yourself and your curiosity.
    Frottage sessions times are: 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

  • 3. Come and share your pictures and memories. In the library we’ll have a computer and scanner, so you can upload any digital pictures you might have, and scan any prints or old photographs or indeed any visual material. And at the same time, you could tell us the story that goes with it.

And if you haven’t got a picture but do have a story to share, then come and tell us we would love to hear it.

Everything starts from the library and the day will run from 10am to 4.30pm with refreshments provided throughout the day. All ages welcome. Children under 11 to be accompanied by an adult.

You can attend as many sessions as you like but to help with numbers, please let us know if you want to book a specific slot at culture@solihull.gov.uk.

And then what happens?

We will be collecting all the material and putting it together into some sort of document so that it doesn’t get lost. We might put some of it onto the hoardings that are going to be around the building site. And moving into the summer, we plan to use the material as source material for a creative celebration of some kind so look out for further news of how to get involved with that.

You can also view the events at our other libraries.

Follow our Facebook page for up-to-date news.

Find us

Travelling to the library

The library is on the right hand side in the Kingshurst Parade.

There is free parking for up to 2 hours on Marston Drive to the left of the library, and longer free parking in the car park next to the Chinese Takeaway..

Bus routes: 58, 71, 95 - stop is opposite the entrance to the Kingshurst Parade.