Woodside Library – we need your books!

Following a successful first call out in February this year, we’re continuing our search for book donations for our new library. The donations will populate the shelves of the historic library which is currently being rebuilt here at the Museum on our new 1940s-1960s high street.

We’re seeking both fiction and non-fiction books printed during the 1960s or earlier, of popular titles from the era as well as more historic titles. As well as a collection of titles for adults, the library also had a children’s library, with popular children’s favourites including Paddington, Just William, Heidi and Thomas the Tank Engine.

In our first call out we had great success with collecting dictionaries, encyclopaedias, bibles, and older fiction (such as Dickens). We’re now focusing on more non-fiction titles and children’s books from the early 1960s (or older titles reprinted in the early 1960s).

If you think you have books that would be suitable, we’d love to hear from you. We are holding a pre-bookable drop in day on Friday 19 July from 10am – 3pm, and we’d be so grateful for your donations. To book a drop-in slot, please contact us via:

  • Email – [email protected]
  • Leave a telephone message with our team on 0121 521 5600 

About Woodside Library

Woodside Library circa early 1960s. A tall late Victorian style building with a grand central tower and gables. The building has a large entrance which has the words Free Library above it. There is a historic car parked outside, and two people can be seen walking past.

Woodside Library opened at the end of the 19th Century on Stourbridge Road, Holly Hall. It was a popular library and community hub for local residents, and remained open until 2008. It was dismantled in 2021 and is now being rebuilt as part of the Museum’s 1940s-1960s high street.